KUALA LUMPUR, March 23 — Umno information chief Tan Sri Annuar Musa today put up a RM10,000 bounty for evidence to support his claim that DAP parliamentary leader Lim Kit Siang was racist and anti-Islam.
Entrants to this competition should use the title “Lim Kit Siang is said to be racist, anti-Islamic, and a dictator for 51 years. Is this true?” on social media services and blogs, he said.
Annuar said submissions could then be sent to his office at the Putra World Trade Centre.
“This competition is open until the end of May; I will give a very special prize because it can help me get more facts,” he said.
“Maybe the prize is RM10,000? Insya Allah I will get the RM10,000 and gift it to whoever has an attractive IG, with right facts and links to Lim Kit Siang being claimed a racist, anti-Islam and a political dictator for 51 years," he added.
IG is short for Instagram, a popular photo- and short video-sharing platform.
Annuar was also asked if he would be suing Lim for reportedly calling him “father of [a] racist” and a “disgrace to Islam”.
Lim had dared Annuar to sue him during a news conference yesterday, but the Umno lawmaker shrugged it off, saying he would take on the Gelang Patah MP “politically”.
“Well we are politicians. As far as I am concerned, he is free to say anything because at the end of the day, the public will judge whether I am what was said about me,” the Keterah MP said.
He claimed that the Hansard records of Lim’s speeches inside the Dewan Rakyat dating back to the 1970s were of a racial and anti-Islamic bent, citing the latter’s opposition to matters that have no bearing on non-Muslims.
“We are politicians. The best action is political decision, not legal action. Otherwise, I have to employ a series of lawyers going up and down the court all the time. We are all politicians,” he said.
Annuar pointed out that former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad had also branded the DAP parliamentary leader a “racist” previously.
However, Dr Mahathir who quit Umno to co-found a new Malay party last year has since reversed his stance against Lim as their political pact prepare to battle the Barisan Nasional coalition in the next general election due next year.