Thursday, December 17, 2009

Nazri Gives The Finger

Enough with the racism, says Nazri

Finally, an UMNO politician and Government minister has the courage to call a spade a spade! Nazri Aziz had reproached Utusan Malaysia for their ‘outdated’ racist propaganda, saying the Umno-owned newspaper must accept that Malaysia is a multi-racial country. Do you mean to say, after more than 50 years of Independence, we have to remind Malaysians that this country is multi-ethnic? It's a joke, right? Anyway...

“They should stop it because how would we (the Malays) like it if people say that Malays are lazy and stupid? We would also get angry. Don’t do to others what we don’t want others to do unto us,” the Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department told The Malaysian Insider (Webpage, posted December 16, 2009).

Utusan has been a mouthpiece for Umno ultra-nationalists and a tool for defending the party’s ‘Ketuanan Melayu’ (Malay supremacy) policy.

The newspaper has also been criticized for being used to attack the opposition and ratcheting up racial tensions.

And the UMNO-owned newspaper was responsible for running daily stories criticizing calls to allow former communist leader Chin Peng to return to Malaysia, linking it to what the newspaper says are moves to question Malay rights.

The paper even suggested that DAP was anti-Islam and said Anwar Ibrahim was willing to betray the Malays to be prime minister – both incendiary subjects in mainly Malay-Muslim Malaysia.

Their articles have labeled the Chinese community as ‘pendatang’ (immigrants) and the Indian community as ‘keling’. Nazri added that Malaysians can longer accept categorizing minorities with derogatory names.

What is bewildering is that we are talking about an UMNO-owned newspaper, not just any Malay-owned newspaper.

There’s not even a whinny squeak from the Prime Minister or his deputy. Strange, Najib and Muhyiddin have been very silent on these issues. Very strange!

And to add insult to injury, the other political entities within BN like the MCA, MIC, Gerakan, etc have also been silent. But what can we expect from them? They are just mosquitoes after all. If they make too much buzz, UMNO will swat, smack and whack them off the face of the earth.

The ongoing Teoh Beng Hock inquest which was scheduled to resume today was postponed for a second time as pathologists have yet to complete their report on his second autopsy. This case has now been fixed for mention on January 07, Teoh family lawyer Gobind Singh said today. Those doing the report must have made many interesting discoveries – otherwise, they wouldn’t need two postponements to report on the same conclusion, i.e. death by suicide. I guess, in Malaysia, nothing is surprising anymore. It suffices to say it is taking an unusual amount of time to write a second report, whereas the first report was done in double-quick time.

Liverpool relieved the pressure on manager Rafael Benitez with a morale-boosting 2-1 victory over Wigan. David Ngog's glanced header (9) put the Reds ahead and the second goal came when Fernando Torres tapped in at the second attempt (79) to seal the win before Wigan’s Charles N'Zogbia scored an injury-time consolation strike (90+2). Whether this Liverpool win will be a false dawn like the other wins remains to be seen. But I reckon it is a good re-start for the Reds.

In the Arsenal-Burnley match, Cesc Fabregas struck early (7) as Arsenal started superbly at Turf Moor. But Thomas Vermaelen's foul on Burnley’s Andre Bikey allowed Graham Alexander to equalize (28), as Burnley held Arsenal to a 1-1 draw in this EPL encounter. Both teams hit the woodwork – Burnley twice and Arsenal once – and enjoyed a glut of other chances but neither could find a winner. Again, poor finishing by the Gunners.

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