Pot calling the kettle “metallic black”
I hope that all of you who care about my blog will take the trouble and have the patience to read through this posting.
(You can choose to give the middle part a miss. I’ll mark ‘Starts‘ and ‘Ends’ Citations in bold red. These will flag you the fine print which less dedicated readers can skip.)
However, it is still necessary for me to set out the chronology to counter a pro-Guan Eng blog that has misrepresented events to cast a negative light on my reputation.
Easy to smash, difficult to construct
It’s a breeze to throw one-liners that demean or defame an opponent but look at the effort it requires for the victim to try to clear the air.
There is this commenter Hua Yong, who in my opinion, is akin to his ‘HY’ initials namesake Hannah Yeoh. (But at least he uses a standard nick unlike the Anons at the said pro-Guan Eng blog.)
Copypasted below is the comment Hua Yong made about me in another blog:
HuaYong 9:14 am, January 29, 2013
unlike bn n dap, dissent voice are allowed in pkr n pas, until and unless some go past the sensible level. pkr are multiracial and pas are democratic, not in name only.
KTemoc 9:26 am, January 29, 2013
wakakaka, PKR and PAS need people like you
HuaYong 10:01 am, January 29, 2013
what a siamese twins n typical bn apologist. when i rebut a stupid statement from a dap lawyer “The girl can hardly speak a word of Malay or English,” all helen can do is to call me a penyokong dap, while u can only wakaka.
The following are Hua Yong’s accusations against me:
(1) He calls me a “typical bn apologist”.
(2) He also claims “when [he] rebut a stupid statement from a dap lawyer “The girl can hardly speak a word of Malay or English,” all helen can do is to call [him] a penyokong dap”.
He ‘rebutted’ by claiming oh well, but at least “she will have no problem to buy nasi kandar”.
I will address Hua Yong’s allegations step by step.
The DAP lawyer concerned is Johor deputy chairman Norman Fernandez and his statement was on the girl who stepped on Najib’s photo, saying:
“Ong Sing Yee hardly can speak a word of Malay or English. Apparently a statement was taken where she was being held at the Johor Police Headquarters, a police interpreter then translated her statement and she was asked signed her statement which she did.”
My 8 Sept 2012 posting on the picture-stepping, here.
Discussion on the role of BM
Below is a copypaste of the conversation thread between Hua Yong and myself relevant to his complaint. It took place on this posting ‘BM: bahasa Melayu atau bahasa Malaysia?‘ (18 Oct 2012)
I had made a comment:
“The young generation – as shown in the girl who stepped on Najib’s photo and the man who received a flying tackle at the Shah Alam i-City KFC outlet as well as other Chinese individuals in trouble who have turned to DAP interpreters b’cos they cannot answer reporters’ questions – do not indicate that they’re okay in BM.
“However, I do concur that vernacular school should not be scapegoated.”
And below is our subsequent exchange:
51. HuaYong | Oktober 19, 2012 at 12:30 pm
“do not indicate that they’re okay in BM.”
it depend on how we evaluate ‘okay’, especially in certain situation whenever what we say have an seriuos impact to outcome. i notice one of my japanese colleague speak decent english, but he choose to speak japanese and insist on translator whenever the state of affair require reasonably good communication capability, for instance during negotiation. i think the same strategy and mentality apply to many so called “not okay in bm” fella.
52. Helen Ang | Oktober 19, 2012 at 12:38 pm
As a general statement, your reasoning is fair enough.
But let’s take the case of the girl who stepped on Najib’s photo. Sin Yee was driven to the Dang Wangi station from her home state Johor. Her press conference was held in KL — facilitated by the DAP people and using the DAP translator (i.e. the language scenario you describe).
Nonetheless earlier when she was in Johor, the first lawyer she sought help from (i.e. Norman Fernandez, the DAP Johor deputy chairman) revealed that the girl can barely speak a word of BM or English.
53. Helen Ang | Oktober 19, 2012 at 12:40 pm” Ong Sing Yee hardly can speak a word of Malay or English.”– ref. Norman Fernandez’s statement @ http://normanfernandez.blogspot.com/2012_09_02_archive.htm
54. HuaYong | Oktober 19, 2012 at 1:06 pm
i am aware of that and this is exactly my point, she will have no problem to buy nasi kandar and attend a driving license test, but not when she is facing a lawyer, dont u notice many indian doctor able to speak various chinese dialect particularly term that relevant to diagnosis? i think norman a blur blur one.
55. Helen Ang | Oktober 19, 2012 at 1:48 pm
Norman talked to the girl. Did you?
56. HuaYong | Oktober 19, 2012 at 2:36 pm
have you been paying any attention to what i wrote earlier, “i think the same strategy and mentality apply to many so called “not okay in bm” fella.”?
how many chinese malaysian girls age above 18 you meet that “hardly can speak a word of Malay or English”? i don’t.
and what make you think whatever norman write or say constitute fact and not an opinion?
57. Helen Ang | Oktober 19, 2012 at 2:41 pm
In the case of Sin Yee, Norman’s opinion is more valid than yours.
As for the general language competency of Chinese, we haven’t got good empirical data. However, let’s open it to the forum for anecdotal evidence.
What do other readers say about their personal experiences in connection with Najib encouraging Malaysians to speak the national language at least competently?
58. OverseasBumi | Oktober 19, 2012 at 4:46 pm
Do we want a society where we are only proficient enough to buy groceries from the local market?
My korean was good enough to buy groceries and direct a taxi driver. But would I say I could integrate into Korean society– no way! Heck my german is also that good.
I think we should aim to become a society that can share ideas and feelings and come to a mutual agreement… That requires a higher level of language proficiency.
Helen did you scare off Mekyam?
59. Helen Ang | Oktober 19, 2012 at 4:48 pm
No lah, why should I scare her off? However Joe is MIA.
60. HuaYong | Oktober 19, 2012 at 6:01 pm
“I think we should aim to become a society that can share ideas and feelings and come to a mutual agreement… That requires a higher level of language proficiency”
no disagreement, i think we were almost there once, at least in term of language and number, what cause the opposite direction? today i am not very sure, assimilation is not the mainstream and prevalent trend in many countries, while integration demand certain prerequisite which apparently we are lacking. perhaps we could still achieve something via a common objective, like what switzerland did, i thought we discussed about this many times?
The conversation ended at #60
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Hua Yong returns later the next morning at #96. HuaYong | Oktober 20, 2012 at 8:14 am
“statistik terbaru yg aku baca 96% cina pilih srjkc, ini juga membayangkan [...]
Which got replies from #97. I hate n’sync | Oktober 20, 2012 at 10:12 am, and #98. I hate n’sync | Oktober 20, 2012 at 10:32.
Hua Yong resumes at #101. HuaYong | Oktober 20, 2012 at 8:44 am (replying to ‘SK’)
According to history, Malays began to migrate to Malaysia in noticeable numbers only about 700 years ago. [...]
and at #121. HuaYong | Oktober 24, 2012 at 7:03 pm (replying to Secangkir Kopi, probably the same person as SK)
aku berpendapat puncak utama ramai malaysian tidak fasih bahasa kebangsaan kerana kurangnya motivasi dan insentif, [...]
Copypasted above is Hua Yong’s entire participation in my posting on the Malay language, which touched obliquely on Norman the DAP lawyer in the reader discussion, and drew 122 comments.
(I did not have any exchanges with Hua Yong in his second half conversations with I hate n’sync and Secangkir Kopi.)
Hua Yong’s off-tangent accusation
To repeat: Hua Yong’s accusation against me:
“when i rebut a stupid statement from a dap lawyer “The girl can hardly speak a word of Malay or English,” all helen can do is to call me a penyokong dap”.
Did I, anywhere in the whole exchange reproduced above, respond to his statement on Norman by calling Hua Yong “a penyokong DAP”? You can look again at the screenshot (below).
Note: The screenshot above is a composite as the page was too large to be captured in a single frame by the screengrab programme that I use.
Hua Yong’s allegation out of context
I admit that I did once touch on Hua Yong’s DAP affiliation (I called him “the DAP apologist” and he has returned the favour by calling me “typical BN apologist”).
And I was aware then and concur even now that such a label is not a persuasive form of rebuttal. Hence my apology to him in May 2012.
When I called him “the DAP apologist”, it’s not okay (he grumbles about it till today “when i rebut a stupid statement from a dap lawyer “The girl can hardly speak a word of Malay or English,” all helen can do is to call me a penyokong dap”).
When he calls me the same albeit in the opposite camp, then how?
However the real context of my saying the words for which Hua Yong still begrudges me was at a different time and in a different posting than he stated.
And it was NOT at all a question of my telling him off for “being a DAP supporter” vis-a-vis Norman as he is today declaring in a pro-Guan Eng blog.
The actual conversation – about whether young Chinese are conversant in our national language – took place on 19 Oct 2012.
Two separate incidents five months apart
My off-the-cuff remarks that Hua Yong complains about (i.e. connecting him with DAP) was not even addressed directly to him (which he claims; Hua Yong’s version: “when i rebut a stupid statement from a dap lawyer “The girl can hardly speak a word of Malay or English,” all helen can do is to call me a penyokong dap”) – but as my aside to Ahmad Ibrahim which you can read screenshot below.
Hence Hua Yong’s allegation that the ‘DAP-Hua Yong linking’ was my response to his comments about the DAP lawyer is patently inaccurate.
The “DAP apologist” label was given in May 2012 and the discussion with regard to Norman’s remark that the girl is unable to speak BN in Oct 2012. There is a time gap of five months between both episodes.
It occurred in a posting dated 7 May 2012 which garnered a total of 73 reader comments.
22. HuaYong | Mei 8, 2012 at 10:58 am
Helen, since I am a ‘loyal’ reader of your blog for quite sometimes, I more or less be acquainted with your thought process, thus no surprise with your writing except the final part on multiculturalism [...]
- 23. Helen Ang | Mei 8, 2012 at 11:54 am
Germany & France are not homogeneous in terms of culture & religion. However, their immigrants bolehlah bertutur dalam bahasa kebangsaan [...]
24. Ahmad Ibrahim | Mei 8, 2012 at 12:28 pm
and may I add something. [...]
25. HuaYong | Mei 8, 2012 at 1:35 pm
AI, my point precisely, and that is why i said we shouldnt conflate apple with orange..
26. Helen Ang | Mei 8, 2012 at 1:38 pm
re: the assimilation issue. There are cracks hence Sarkozy’s statement & Le Pen’s popularity. The burqa ban in France. The riots in the banlieue.
27. lalaland | Mei 8, 2012 at 11:17 pm
example, my buddy quoted:
To become Australian, one must speak English and act like Australian. Same thing applies, speak bahasa Malaysia and act like one…….moron!
28. HuaYong | Mei 8, 2012 at 11:57 pm
hmmm … no wonder you choose the handle lalaland, is that the unique ability for lalang opps i mean those from lalaland to write like idiot even when he have no clue what the discussion is about?
29. OverseasBumi | Mei 9, 2012 at 3:03 am comes in next, and 30. HuaYong | Mei 9, 2012 at 8:52 am replies him to which I appended a short note at the end of Hua Yong’s comment saying, “唐人 then? Like I asked earlier, M’sian Chinese or Chinese M’sian or simply Chinese? — Helen“
31. OverseasBumi | Mei 9, 2012 at 11:21 am replies [...] and further adds:
32. OverseasBumi | Mei 9, 2012 at 11:23 am
M’sian Chinese or Chinese M’sian — one is obviously a racial definition, the other a narrower definition of nationality.
33. HuaYong | Mei 9, 2012 at 12:02 pm: “helen, a short one. [...]” 34. HuaYong | Mei 9, 2012 at 12:33 pm: “ob, u r a funny guy. [...]“
The guy’s Malaysian First
His next comment is a reply to me:
35. HuaYong | Mei 9, 2012 at 1:10 pm
y u ask the obvious? malaysian fiiiiiirst la.
God save us. — Helen
Hua Yong’s answer “malaysian fiiiiiirst la” is a reply to my question: Are we (1) M’sian Chinese or (2) Chinese M’sian or (3) simply Chinese?
36. gratitude | Mei 10, 2012 at 12:22 am comes in, followed by,
37. OverseasBumi | Mei 10, 2012 at 4:07 am
HY, expand your horizons, and you will realize that nothing is ever black or white. [...]
Discussion turns to DAP
38. HuaYong | Mei 10, 2012 at 9:54 am
Dear OB, thanks.
“A study was made that shows toddlers as young as 3 can recognize and discriminate based on skin color.”
I guess the correct statement is “can recognize the different”, not “discriminate”. [...]
- 39. Helen Ang | Mei 10, 2012 at 10:39 am
Of course lah “they [don't] represent the whole DAP”. Neither did the Nazis represent the whole Germany or the Taliban the whole Afghanistan.
The danger is when the loud, abusive & aggressive but powerful & influential minority hijacks the silent majority and sets the tone & direction. [...]
- 40. kama1954 | Mei 8, 2012 at 11:11 am
nice piece of work as always, helen. kudos.
Comments #41 to to #44 are exchanges between Hua Yong and Ahmad Ibrahim.
Exchange moves on to Dapsters and Christians
49. HuaYong | Mei 9, 2012 at 1:36 pm
Helen put it aptly : ‘thanks for articulating my thoughts!’ . Hope to read more from you. Thanks AI.
50. Helen Ang | Mei 9, 2012 at 1:48 pm
It seems to me that with some M’sian Chinese youngsters, their cultural souls are today half in HK/Taiwan & lately a quarter in Korea. It’s the wonder of the Net, file sharing & mp3 (what number now?) downloads & other tech gizmos the teenagers are so savvy at. DAP’s M’sian Fi1111irst is fascism. They are like Mao Zedong’s Red Guards fanning across the countryside & beating recalcitrants into compliance and also attempting to beat the Chineseness (c.f. communist ‘Cultural’ Revolution) out of everyone.
51. HuaYong | Mei 9, 2012 at 2:59 pm
Helen, my take is different. Now is the peak of the so called Anglophile because there were 50% Chinese that attend national school during the 70’ and 80’, and today many of them happen to be the leader and chief in almost every sector including political parties, but I suspect the prime is over with the change of balance in global power that slowly move to the East. The soaring enroll into VS and change of Singaporean sentiment toward the Communist China is to me a good gauge.My view is that in the short term, you are probably right but in the medium and long term, the battlefield is between the inclusive and religious Malay. The non Malay can only stand aside and grumble, if in any case our vote numbers still large enough as counted, we might pick a relative inclusive one, provided they are capable and not the excessive corrupted one like what we are having now.PS / did you watch China series ‘步步心惊’ and ‘甄嬛传’? Many friends of mine that do not bother anything China (perceive as not trendy) now become a fan of China made series.
I’m more of a reader (print-inclined) than a viewer (broadcast) & have short attention span for the latter media. Actually I agree with both your prognosis (Para 1 & 2) above. Only I would add the DAPsters are Christian Taliban. Hence they would be closer to the more fundamentalist Muslims rather than the inclusive Malays. Remember, DAP attacks Umno (United MALAY Nat.Org.) all the time & they never stop attacking Muhyiddin’s Malayness. — Helen
Here is the part where I connected Hua Yong with DAP
- 54. Ahmad Ibrahim | Mei 10, 2012 at 10:03 am
Power is not moving East as you mentioned. Power is “assimilating” the East. [...]
Wow! Tabik, sincerely. You’re good medicine for
the DAP apologist Hua Yong. — Helen
My connecting Hua Yong to DAP as party apologist was NOT “when [Hua Yong] rebut a stupid statement from a dap lawyer “The girl can hardly speak a word of Malay or English,” all helen can do is to call me a penyokong dap”.
To reiterate, the DAP lawyer Norman doesn’t even come into this posting where I called Hua Yong a DAP apologist.
And nor can the context be construed that I had dismissed Hua Yong with a piece of simplistic name-calling because I was unable to rebut whatever it was that Hua Yong said (even though it is the picture that he tries to paint in the other blog).
As you can see detailed above, both sets of conversations (in May and in October respectively) actually contained a healthy flow of to-and-fro comments replying each other.
Therefore, Hua Yong’s portrayal: “when i [Hua Yong] rebut a stupid statement from a dap lawyer “The girl can hardly speak a word of Malay or English,” all helen can do is to call me a penyokong dap“ is not only unfair but also untrue.
Badmouthing blogger in other blogs
The above narrative recalls the grudge that Hua Yong has apparently harboured the last nine months, and thus his proceeding to badmouth me in that other blog and elsewhere in DAP sovereign territory.
Admittedly I had retorted that Hua Yong is “the DAP apologist” in a short note appended to Ahmad Ibrahim’s comment.
However the strikethrough across the words – as you can see in the screenshot below – is because I had already retracted and I gave my apology and reason as “momentary pique due to annoyance”.
I had apologized to Hua Yong on 10 May at 11.26 am for referring to him as “the DAP apologist”.
I had written “sorry” and said “I withdraw the label”, hence did the strikethrough across the phrase.
Reminder: My offense was part of the banter tagged to end of another regular reader’s comment, and not in any kind of one-on-one dispute as Hua Yong is now claiming, in order to portray me as a blogger who reacts like “all helen can do is to call me a penyokong dap”.
Hua Yong responded to my retraction 25 minutes later. He appeared to have accepted my apology because he says: “no worry, like Daim said, Chinese is emotional and of course this include you n me.”
Now 6½ months later …
Hua Yong presently makes his allegation below in a staunchly pro-DAP blog,
“when i rebut a stupid statement from a dap lawyer “The girl [who stepped on Najib's pix] can hardly speak a word of Malay or English,” all helen can do is to call me a penyokong dap,”
Which is not true at all as a faithful reproduction of the trackback (above) reveals.
(1) I did NOT dismiss Hua Yong offhand when he brought up DAP lawyer Norman Fernandez with my allegedly saying he (Hua Yong) is a DAP supporter.
Instead I had replied, “As a general statement, your reasoning is fair enough“, i.e. that under the circumstances of police questioning, the girl might have been too nervous to speak BM and would have been more comfortable speaking Mandarin and using a translator.
I had also acknowledged that “we haven’t got good empirical data” (as to the general BM competency among the Chinese) but I was willing to “let’s open it to the forum for anecdotal evidence”.
(2) I did NOT call Hua Yong “a penyokong dap” on the occasion when he claims he rebutted a “stupid statement” from Norman Fernandez who is the Johor DAP deputy chairman.
Hua Yong is misleading readers at the other blog into thinking that I simply throw non-sequiturs on account of Norman’s political position. His implication is that I gave a knee-jerk reaction just because I consider him a DAP supporter — which is not true and furthermore, the incident he described DID NOT EVEN happen.
The truth of the matter is that I had called Hua Yong “the DAP apologist” a good five months (earlier) before the Norman thread (Oct 2012) emerged and it was in relation to an expanded discussion on Dapsters and evangelists. Norman had nothing at all to do with the May 2012 thread.
(3) Hua Yong alleges that “all helen can do is to call me a penyokong dap.”
Again this is untrue and misleading as regular readers would be aware of the effort I take to reply comments that are not abusive or trolling.
Samples of my reply to readers
Take a look, for example, at the posting ‘Secular or non-secular: How Art Harun got it wrong on the Reid Commission‘.
It is a scholarly and careful posting by my guest writer but nonetheless as the blog host, I had to field the queries thrown in the Comment section (total 42 reader comments).
December 3, 2012 at 9:25 pm in the Comments section
The sequence as follows:
Comment #16: Secular Malaysia (332 words)
Comment #17: Helen (775 words)
Comment #18: Secular Malaysia (645 words)
Comment #19: Helen (1,919 words)
1,919 words (gasp!) in reply to a reader’s comment. I’m nonplussed myself.
It’s only now that I’ve done a word count. Before this, I hadn’t realised that my ‘record’ reply in the Comment section was close to 2,000 words. It certainly cost me a lot of time (and patience) to walk the reader through.
It was a purely academic discussion without any quarrel or rancour, and the subject matter complex, i.e. about the Reid Report prepared as the framework of our Federal Constitution and the principles and practice of secularism.
My reply to the reader – which came to almost 2,000 words – is worth reading (because I myself had to read up a lot on the topic) if you’re interested in the planks of secularism.
My exchange with ‘Secular Malaysia’ shows the amount of trouble I take to respond helpfully and with decorum, that is if the reader does not coming charging in like a Dapster red bull hell-bent on goring anyone who refuses to scrape the ground their DAP 2.0 gods walk on.
“BN apologist” tit-for-tat
Here’s the sad reality of Malaysian cyberspace.
Mine is a blog that – as one example – took the trouble of uploading Justice Lau Bee Lan’s written judgment on the Allah case. She wrote 57 pages and there were additionally 2 more back pages listing all the lawyers’ names.
So I had to scan altogether 59 pages, then run them through a text recognition software, page by page, and then tidy up the problematic line spacing paragraph by paragraph.
THIS. IS. THE. amount of work that goes into preparing material for my blog.
As for my other contents, if you’re a regular reader, you may remember the data I’ve collected and collated — figures, tables, graphs, bar charts, pie charts, links to reference material.
Yet under the law of the Malaysian jungle, Dapsters – senior and junior – simply sail in and shoot off one-liners which go like “this is the stupidest thing I’ve ever read”, and making other degrading put-downs without himself contributing one iota of information or of fact.
e.g. Resident troll Sshsn: “eh you stupid cunt….its a bird…dont use a bird to divide malaysians….fuck off with you and your divisive agenda….”
It’s the SOP of the self-proclaimed ‘Beyond Race’ heroes to accuse those who reject their Kool-Aid as guilty of “dividing the rakyat” and being dyed-in-wool “racists”, “bigots”, “evil” and “fugly” too.
Accuse, accuse, accuse, that’s all they do.
And putting us to the trouble of rebuttal. For instance, to write this piece, I’ve had to dig up the old threads, make so many screenshots, copypaste-copypaste-copypaste and put the whole structure all in order.
It’s a time-consuming process to defend my good name.
Wasn’t it comparatively so very easy for Hua Yong to mouth off? Compare what it cost him and what it’s costing me.
Think of all the damage that the Dapsters have wrought.
Blog admins complicit in this culture
If these extremely pro-DAP blog admins were to exercise a wee bit of responsibility over the public input they allow on their blogs, things would not have come to such a pass (necessitating this response from me).
What I’m saying is also related to whether the moderators in fora like Lowyat and Malaysiakini and elsewhere are doing their job, what with the kind of comments they allow to pass.
Regarding my own turf, helenang.wordpress.com gets flak because some anti-Chinese sentiments from readers – described as “racist” by certain opposition supporters – have appeared. These anti-Chinese sentiments may not be palatable to some but it is not illegal for other races to dislike the Chinese, is it?
Those who take umbrage at some of the fringe (the bulk of the commenters are not) anti-Chinese comments finding expression here are themselves acting as if they are pristine and faultless while the other side is dirty and one hundred percent to be blamed.
Why ‘they’ (Anons included) are free to say whatever they like over there
Our realpolitik is that Umno is closely linked with Malay and DAP with the Chinese.
The pro-DAP blogs have given free rein, and some of the blog admins even encouraging or sparking off the slights and slurs, and oftentimes outright slander, against me to be published.
At my own end, I’m personally careful to sift any potential defamation here. This comes from my long professional training as a journalist.
Newspapers can get sued for millions and the last thing a reporter wants (or his editor would permit) is for the paper to lose millions in libel settlement — which would also mean that the year-end bonus and ex-gratia to all staff is in turn affected.
And I’m aware that Guan Eng and his DAP colleagues (Ngeh-Nga in Perak, Teresa in Selangor) are litigation happy. The DAP sec-gen’s infamous: “You see what I do to you” is still ringing in our ears. Hence I can safely vouch that my blog is very careful not to defame or slander people.
The same care that I exercise – or else any one of the DAP “sue, sue, sue” fellas will surely haul me to court – is however not exercised in the websites and blogs that allow slander against me to persist.
But then hey, who am I a small fry to complain?
Kalau sehari tak fitnah, Dapster batal sembahyang
They have no qualms either about slandering the Prime Minister’s wife with the worst possible accusations, or slandering the PM himself, and even slandering the Sultans, the state mufti … in short, no one is safe from the incessant opposition fitnah.
The oppo supporters will say that the pro-establishment side is just as bad. However, in my frank opinion, Pakatan is much worse.
As a past columnist, of course I’ve written critically about Umno and BN before. And I can tell you that they never went berserk or ever attacked me like the DAP leaders and their supporters do.
To date, MCA has not retaliated over this blog’s Dinosaur leitmotif.
Your views may differ from mine but I will not smear your name just on account of our differences of political opinion.
However, the Dapsters have no hesitation in harassing as well as smearing my name just because my views do not align with theirs.
And they act as if it is their God-given right for all of their vicious abuses hurled at me to be published instantaneously, as soon as they hit the ‘Enter’/’Send’ button.
Root of anti-Chinese sentiments
The more objective and neutral readers can see all of this. They may be Malays. They may be Indians. If they have a negative perception of the DAP and the Chinese, it is in part – if not a large part – a result of the actions of the party leaders and the Dapsters themselves.
Nonetheless, ‘siapa yang makan cili dia rasa pedas’ is adamant to run down the street shouting curses and screaming “Racism!” at the Malays, the Muslims and particularly at the mamaks.
With regard to the “racist” name-calling by the Firsters, let me ask them to reflect on this:
- Umno holds the Menteri Besar chair in 8 out of 13 states. The party has appointed Zambry Abdul Kadir as MB of Perak. That’s 1/8th share of the MB pie given to a politician of Indian ancestry.
- DAP has 30 CEC seats, and needless to say, the party supreme council chair is far less prestigious than the Menteri Besar chair in a major state. In what year do you think a mamak – no offence intended, the word to me is a neutral description – will be elected or appointed to the DAP CEC … in 2310?
Racism? The pot calling the kettle “hitam metalik”.