Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Going to the Dogs

Lim Keng Yaik firmly asserted today that the die has been cast over his resignation as Gerakan advisor and no amount of cajoling will persuade him to retract his decision because the party is “going to the dogs”. At least with Lim, I know he speaks his mind. Truthfully.

While Prime Minister Najib Razak was urging all nations of the world to “choose moderation over extremism” to promote international peace and harmony in his maiden speech at the United Nations General Assembly on September 27, it is sickening that back in Malaysia at about the same time, a senior civil servant spat out one of the most derogatory speeches against the Chinese and Indian communities.

Federal Territory Biro Tata Negara (BTN) deputy director Hamim Husin had referred to them as Si Mata Sepet (slit eyes) and Si Botol (alcoholic) when speaking at a Puteri UMNO function.

“The Si Mata Sepet who has never gone to a mosque or surau only has one vote. The Si Botol who only knows how to go up and down Batu Caves only has one vote,” Hamim was quoted as saying, when talking about getting votes from the non-Malay voters.

These crude descriptions make the prime minister sounds like a first-class hypocrite at the august United Nations! Still, Najib is maintaining his elegant silence in the face of racist rhetoric that does not seem to stop. How can Najib be oblivious to this? Can he be so empty-headed? Or is he knavish? There may be a political agenda after all and the Machiavellian side of him does not intend to show his hand, not yet.

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