Malaysia: There is no place for bigotry

October 16, 2016

Malaysia: There is no place for bigotry

by Wong Chun Wai

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The Racist Jamal Md Yunus

RED Shirts leader Dato’ Md Jamal Yunus had yet to be born when the racial riots of May 13, 1969 broke out.

And that means the ikan bakar restaurant owner and privileged beneficiary of approved permits to import luxury cars has no idea of the inflammatory fire he is now playing with. Ignorance isn’t bliss in this case.

The Sungai Besar UMNO division chief, you see, was born only in 1970 – a year after the black blot in the nation’s history and it would have been impossible for him to remember the scars of the tragedy that continue to haunt the nation.

Together with his supporters, they make it worse when they attempt to resurrect the ghost of May 13 each time there is a Bersih protest, with the Red Shirts responding with racial overtones. The spectre of May 13 should remain buried. These young thugs in red get involved in such scare tactics when they did not even exist, in any form, in 1969.

As we would say, forgive them for they know not what they are saying or doing. Malaysians are pretty sick and tired of people like Jamal and his racist counterpart Ali Tinju whose only talent is organising protests which smack of racism and are a threat to others.

Jamal has, by his own admission, not done too badly in life despite failing badly in the SPM examination. Claims of being “suppressed and oppressed” ring hollow each time he makes his racist rants.

Presumably thanks to his political connections, he is in a trade that lots of other Malaysians, including many Malays, would never be able to enjoy.

We don’t suppose that he is now driving a Lamborghini because of his grilled fish business and many of us don’t think it is due to his financial or economic ingenuity either.

He has now found himself in hot water because of a May 13 threat he has been linked to on Facebook. However, he has denied vehemently, saying it was a fake account, and he is also not tweeting now.

Let’s just give him the benefit of the doubt, but surely, he cannot deny that he is a serial racist rabble-rouser with his constant insane ranting, which has caused much unhappiness and anxiety among Malaysians.

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Mr Wong, isn’t he the Bigot-in-Chief?

His acts of hooliganism and gangsterism, to put it mildly, should, by right, be condemned by all. It is a credit to UMNO leaders like Khairy Jamaluddin and Dato’ Seri Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz that they have come out to make it clear that such threats will not be condoned and that the violent acts by Jamal and his supporters are “unacceptable”. The Police have been urged to take action.

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Depending on where the Najib wind blows, Nazri and Khairy can be bigots too

While many of us are also not in favour of the Bersih protests, surely there could be a more effective way of dealing with Bersih? The brutish methods of the Red Shirts are not going to endear rational and moderate Malaysians to their cause.

It won’t help UMNO win votes, especially the fence-sitter voters, and surely there is a need for serious thought on the effects of these Red Shirts to other Barisan Nasional component parties.

Jamal, who admitted that many of the Red Shirts were UMNO members, however, insisted that he was not representing his party and had acted in his capacity as the Red Shirts movement’s leader.

It is the bigoted and offensive actions of Jamal that have alienated urban voters. Politicians like Jamal should not assume that playing the Malay card will automatically win them the Malay votes.

Rowdy behaviour such as filling up Gurney Drive with hundreds of motorcyclists is also hardly commendable in civil society practices. We will be surprised if thuggery and intimidation are now the most effective way of winning elections. Tell us something we don’t know.

Jamal, for example, has bewildered us by blatantly defending the actions of his supporters in yelling “Cina babi” (Chinese pigs) as they chase away journalists who appeared to be Chinese and warning traders of Chinatown for purportedly selling fake goods.

He had put on a straight face and actually asked why the Chinese would be so sensitive about it because “from what I hear, pigs are food to the Chinese generally”.

We will remember that subsequently, the police had to use water cannons to break up his goons from entering Petaling Street in the capital last year. Traders in that area had to shut down businesses for fear of a possible riot despite assurances of security. Of course, we also recall that he denied his involvement.

Malaysia has moved on since 1969, although race and religion continue to be used by politicians. The changing racial demographics have made it clear, and the argument that the Malays are the oppressed majority no longer holds water when the Chinese population has shrunk dramatically.

The future of the Chinese who harbour political ambitions nationwide, except perhaps in Penang, must be viewed at a realistic level. It is mathematically impossible to influence the outcome of the elections, let alone have a Chinese become Prime Minister.

The likes of Jamal would love it if the Malays were to believe that such a scenario is possible.

The continuous play of the Chinese community as the bogeyman for the ills affecting the country is no longer believable nor realistic. The bumiputra community is well and dominantly represented in all spheres of public life, from the civil service to government-linked companies, public universities, the judiciary, police and army.

The continuous use of the May 13 threat to supposedly paint them as a community under threat seems shallow and hollow.

The electorate is now more educated and more exposed to information via social media.Surely, the old way to stir racial dissatisfaction no longer works.

For the participants of Bersih, the absence of the Malays in the 2015 rally is surely disturbing. The absence of PAS from Bersih 4 showed the inability of PKR to marshal Malay participation.The test this time is whether PKR, Parti Amanah and Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia can ensure that Bersih 5 is multi-racial and not another Chinese protest against the Government.

If the Red Shirts are Malays, then the Yellow Shirts should not be predominantly Chinese, as that would sharpen the racial angle.

The lessons to learn is that any head-on conflict will not help Malaysia. No one wins. It is far more important that Malaysia and Malaysians win.

Voices of Moderation

The voices of moderation must prevail and must be louder now. There is no place for Malay or Chinese extremists or any other bigots from other races. Malaysia was founded by leaders who believed in moderation, consensus and power-sharing. It has been a successful formula and certainly that kind of sanity must prevail for Malaysia to move on.

UMNO has built on its brand of being a moderate party since its inception. It has a proven track record with its form of coalition government as the Alliance and now the Barisan is being used as a model even by the Opposition.

UMNO doesn’t need the likes of Perkasa, Isma and the Red Shirts to shore up support because in the long run, they are a liability.

Malaysia cannot be spending time on issues that have long been resolved as that serves little purpose. Whipping up racial or religious hatred for sure, whether by the Reds or Yellows or Greens, is pathetic and desperate in 2016 – 47 years after the 1969 tragedy. It is a tragedy that such a script is still used, or worse, to give reasons for such an act to be carried out.


5 thoughts on “Malaysia: There is no place for bigotry

  1. Tired apologists and dysfunctional enabling lines cannot hide the truth anymore or even contribute little to the debate. Fact is UMNO has been very successful creating, perpetuating and entrenching bigotry to extent it infected it’s biggest traditional rival Hadi’s PAS. Jamal Yunus, Red Shirt are Najib’s people which means if they are bigots, so is Najib. Najib’s unprecedented hypocrisy with his theft and abuse of power cannot be just about wealth and power, deep down, he is one of them despite appearance. It takes a true bigot to hide it so well.

  2. “It is mathematically impossible to influence the outcome of the elections,..”

    Double dato’, evangelical moron ah.., when the Malay vote is split into kingdom come, who holds the key? Don’t be dafter than a door nail. Remember how Octo won the 1999 GE? Who are you kidding?

    Responsible comments okay, but stupid Jibros apologists with tails tucked behind their nether bung are something else. Time for MCA to close down this sorry excuse of so-called ‘responsible’ journalism.

    UMNOb is being pressured from all sides – including from within BN and intraparty. Whether it implodes or explodes, time will tell.

    Watch the cumming Badjet, to determine the timing of GE-14. I won’t be voting for the first time since coming of age, unless a genius can persuade me why i should waste petrol and angst.

    As for Red Shirts ala Tiada Line, ikan bakarism is just that. Sekian di maklumkan.

  3. datuk seri Wong, I am glad that you and I agreed on one thing. Both Jamal Yunos and I do not know what happened on May 13, because your generation who seems to know a lot thinks you could personally benefit a lot by coercing the nation to be formed based on a Layu-layu washed Tanda Putera May 13 version lie.
    It is exactly this conscious decision that had enabled MO1 to use Jamal Yunos to avoid being trialed.

    Datuk Seri Wong, would you please remind us what do in your mind happened on May 13 1969. For all that I know, the nation has consciously make certain the rakyat would have no access to the Reid and Cobbold Commission.

    From what I read in the library outside the nation, there should be a clause within the Reid Commission that spelt out Malay Rights ought to be reviewed 15 years after Merdeka.1969 is the last election before the Malay Rights in the Constitution is to be reviewed. For the nation’s sake, Datuk Seri Wong, please stop withholding information. Else, May 13 sounded very much like manufactured chaos to ensure the review does not take place.

    Jamal Yunos and I are ignorant, exactly because your generation has made us the case to be abused. It is time to allow the post 1969 decision the right to know and to decide.

    If Jamal Yunos generation still decides that they would want a Layu-layu Melayu state, so be it. For now, this generation would think my blood is better spilled so that the next generation sweat could be better spent on doing something more meaningful.

    Please use your power to do one thing. Put out Reid and Cobbold Commission as it is on the Star.

    Mr. Wong is the CEO of MCA’s controlled The Star. You can’t expect much from him. He is not prepared to call the Red Shirts racists and say that Najib is their Commander in Chief. He is being kind by calling them bigots.Even PDRM has become a racist organization led an IGP who is afraid to take action against Burn Fish for breaking the law. –Din Merican

  4. I know what! Now I understand why Sukarno gave “Terang Bulan” LD as a gift to Tunku Abdul Rahman. I am very disappointed with the Lupus who has now turned into a pullum……..hahahahaha

    So? Hisham Rais is right after all. If opposition can win election in any 3rd world country, then election shall be banned.

    And CLF should vote for Trump

  5. Loosebrain, in case you are not in touch with the ground – kindly inform your donkey-fied DAPster tokongs, that the ground is shifting below them.

    MCA’s insipid propaganda is slowly but surely turning the tide against a syiok-sendiri (masturbatory) DAP-ping. Why is that so? Because the Chinapek in the semi-urban and rural areas are getting disenchanted with with all the self congratulatory, hypocritical yet ineffectual rhetoric and hubris displayed by Tokongs.

    DAP will continue to dominate in the urban areas, but they will lose a coupla state and parliamentary seats in the South and Central regions. LKS can no longer lead a vigorous charge and LGE has turned out to be a self-consuming arrogant mandarin orange. They seem to be doing exactly what they accuse UMNOb of doing – money politics and reacting instead of pro-acting.

    Why are the PAS ragheads so pissed off until they can’t even sit down in the same room? What insults have been hurled and abuses done to elicit such disgust? Were they not sensitive to those narrow minded theocratic idiots and autistic personalities? Can anyone keep insulting without payback?

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