The headline above is an accidental walk down memory lane.
On Saturday I blogged how Lim Guan Eng, Lim Kit Siang and the DAP in their websites as well as the Hannah Yeoh blog and the DAP Subang Jaya Facebook failed to wish Buddhists a happy Wesak Day.
A reader calling himself ‘Tao tze’ left a comment asking if “they wish[ed] Christians ‘Merry X’mas’ on their site? Or Deepavali for that matter?” (see comment timestamped Mei 6, 2012 at 10:48pm)
Tao tze’s question piqued my curiosity as to whether there was ‘equal’ treatment granted in this matter — equality being something that the DAP ostensibly champions.
Guan Eng failed to extend Wesak greetings the day before yesterday — we know that as a fact.
To answer Tao tze’s question, yes, Guan Eng remembered to wish Merry Christmas, Selamat Awal Muharam and Selamat Aidil Fitri.
It is only Wesak that he seemingly ‘forgot’ (screenshots of his webpages below).
It’s quite clear that Buddhists are way down there on Guan Eng’s priority list.
However, that said, it was adding salt to the wound to find that Guan Eng had the gall to accuse the purportedly BN-controlled media of exploiting religion, specifically “Buddhist bodies to run down the Penang state government”.
He admonished, “However, the BN-controlled media should not stoop so low as to try to exploit religion (Buddhism)”. The irony of this when Wesak does not even blip on his radar.
Not content with throwing that accusation, he himself plays the religious card by asking if mosques would be “the next tool to be used by the BN-controlled media”.
He makes all these accusations against organizations he deems to be aligned with the establishment. He’s famous for labeling his critics “Umno agents” (even if they’re NGO), he bans so many media, issues so many gag orders and files all those lawsuits.
Yet how many of the said allegations against his opponents has Guan Eng managed to prove thus far?