Monday, December 17, 2012

Ibrahim Ali Stokes the May 13 Fires

On Friday, the High Priest of the UMNO Malay agenda and Perkasa chief Ibrahim Ali (left) stoked racial fires when he ventilated his disquietude of the Chinese by branding them as a national security threat if the community grows more powerful politically and economically. He even warned that this could produce another bloody racial clash like the May 13 tragedy.

He told a Sinar Harian interview that the Chinese have been playing up political sentiments of late and accused the country’s second-largest ethnic group of having forgotten how living in Malaysia is “like heaven”.

Thankfully, politicians from across the political divide were quick to reject Ibrahim’s venomous diatribe. PKR vice-president Tian Chua, PAS vice-president Salahuddin Ayub, MIC vice-president SK Devamany, PPP president M Kayveas and even MCA vice-president Chor Chee Heung – who had described Ibrahim Ali as his friend – were united in their condemnation of the firebrand.

But one group has remained muted. UMNO. Nobody from UMNO has said a word against Ibrahim – not Mahathir, not Najib, not Muhyiddin, not anybody in UMNO! The silence is deafening.

Also last Friday, KPMG KL Toastmasters held a special Christmas meeting at the Lavender in One Utama. I was the evaluator for Hitomi Ng and I was also voted Best Evaluator.

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