The young man who insolently placed his shoe on Najib’s photo calls himself a “concerned Malaysian“. He admits to being an opposition supporter.
His article ‘Putting My Foot Down‘ can be read at the Malaysian student online magazine website CEKU which is affiliated to the United Kingdom & Eire Council of Malaysian Students.
His articles have also appeared previously in The Malaysian Insider, among them detailing his Bersih rally participation.
By Shaun Tan Zhi Ming
“… suddenly people are apologizing where no apology should be necessary.
The Opposition response to this has been disappointingly hesitant. So far most statements by Opposition leaders seem to urge the government to ‘forgive’ those involved.
It’s a pity that so few are prepared to say what needs to be said: that those young people were just expressing their displeasure at the Prime Minister in a way that harmed no one, that threatened no one, and that the government has neither right nor cause to forgive them anything.
It’s a pity that our government needs reminding that in a democracy politicians derive their authority from the people, and that when faced with public expressions of displeasure, a true leader should square his shoulders and put up with it. Because in politics, criticism and even insult come with the territory, and someone who cannot stomach it or who can only respond to negative feedback with threats and coercion is unfit to lead.”
How did such overweaning cockiness and arrogance come about in our current political climate?
It could be that these people are validated by the crowd they hang out with. Shaun’s article at the CEKU website has already elicited 1,500 Facebook ‘Likes’. He is cheered, backslapped, high-fived and told how “brave” he is and what a “hero” by his readers.
Why is his kind of ‘attitude’ spreading?
Apparently Kim Guan Eng boasted that Pakatan has secured 95% of the Chinese vote bank.
When I wrote about the 19-year-old girl who stepped on Najib’s photo on Merdeka eve, there was a comment which came from one ‘John Wong’. He is revealing of the DAPster profile.
John Wong commented in my blog (replying to regular reader Joe):
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“Ohai Joe. Nice to meet you. I for one am a member of that DAPster demographic which you are referring to and I am sad, crushed and mostly unhappy that you have decided to generalize by saying that all DAP supporters of this age is only proficient in one particular language. The fact is: you’re wrong. We’re a crop of people who are the best of the best and we are aware of what is happening in our surroundings. We are aware of the failures of the BN and we are aware of how incompetent our national leaders, including the PM, are. We are aware that the DAP is a better alternative to the MCA and we are aware that we have a choice as we are an independent nation. We are aware that we have our freedom to voice out our dissatisfaction towards our leaders, and that if we are not given the freedom to do so, we would migrate to other countries which listens to us and appreciates our talents more.
Just a note. Oh and by the way, I am 21, I am an anime fan, and most importantly, I can speak at least four languages including BM and Chinese, fluently – which I think is a lot better than our dear Prime Minister. If you still cannot understand the above message which I am trying to pass on, I am happy to translate the above message into BM and Chinese. I hope I have conveyed my message clearly.
and a note to Ms. Helen Ang, you have decided to step on the wrong tail by involving and demeaning young anime fans in your article.”
Another example of comments received by this blog that hint at the same mindset. Excerpted below is one from a Christian fanatic who called himself by the DAP video tagline ‘Makin Cuci Makin Kotor’.
His full comment is 976 words – too long to copypaste in full here (but it can be read in its entirety at the original link, click on name below).
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“Note: This is my final post on your blog, and I’ve decided to write it like you do. It’s all for fun, really, because I’m so tired of talking sense to you. So do humour me, ok?
Gosh, I analysed and took apart your entire train wreck of non-sequiturs of a blog post and you had nothing to say about it? I must have been completely spot on to shut you up like that! […]
I’ve observed that’s pretty much how you respond to almost all challenges on your blog.
After you’re done moaning around what your detractors said, you will most times climb up your all-purpose hobby horse ” and say something along the lines of: ” “That *Disparaging Nickname* is a *label* *label* *label* that’s why he/she *stereotype* *stereotype* *stereotype*!” […]
One frequent feature is how the vindictive Chinese evangelistic Christian Anglophiles (at most 1.13% of the population, but hey who’s counting) in DAP caused MCA’s demise simply by periodically reminding the oh-so-forgiving and peace-loving non-Christian non-evangelical non-Anglophile Chinese-educated Chinese of Chua Soi Lek’s videotaped adultery in a JB hotel room. For Helen, it’s always the DAP’s appendage pointing at Chua Soi Lek that is the criminal, not Chua Soi Lek’s pointy appendage recorded for posteriority. […]
When I stumbled on your blog purely by accident two days ago, it was such a fascinating place with mostly syiok sendiri labeling-cum-stereotyping types all falling over themselves labeling and stereotyping people who don’t agree with them. Coming from a background where labeling and stereotyping is highly discouraged and ideas are actually constructively discussed, your blog was like some exotic alien planet! […]
The quality of thought in your posts is so bad, Helen, it’s good. […]
Really, I don’t know what kind of QC you’re doing here. Almost every post is just one long and long-winded, rage-filled cut-and-paste job of anything remotely related to your favourite hobby horses held together by the blank lines in between them.
After watching my friend roll around the floor laughing at your blog post, I’ve come to realise that anybody who can think would have immediately classified your blog as a low-quality haters club and left after a good laugh. And your fawning fans are mostly those who label and stereotype for entertainment or political advancement, and so are unlikely to be swayed no matter how good the logic.
So why should I spend my time taking apart your blog posts when it’s not going to make any difference to anybody else? […]
So, this is me signing off, Helen. After the initial novelty, I realise I’ve got far more important and interesting things to do.”
The above comment was submitted by Makin Cuci Makin Kotor on 22 July 2012. He first drove by on July 7.
In the fortnight that he spent on my blog until July 23, Makin Cuci Makin Kotor made a total of 38 comments, all more or less in the same vein and tone as above.
His final comment on July 23 reiterated – “I have decided not to spend any more time on this blog for reasons I have elaborated elsewhere” – mirroring his parting shot on July 22, “This is my final post on your blog”.
I took him at his word and his declaration that he preferred to depart after his blitzkrieg.
I do not know who Makin Cuci Makin Kotor is but if I had to imagine, I might think that he would look like (at least in spirit) an older version of the Yale graduate above who placed his foot on Najib’s photo.
My experience being at the receiving end of DAPsterism makes me inclined to disengage from DAPsters.
Their smear campaign whenever my name is cited in other websites or blogs also means that there is no common space left for engagement with the “95 percent” of the Chinese electorate which Guan Eng claims to have got in the Pakatan pocket.
Therefore disengagement is the only option. In fact, the DAPsters are most happy when views like mine are not able to see the light of day in the pro-opposition sites due to the intense DAPster hostility and unabashed slander.
They consider the act of successfully shutting out all opposing viewpoints from their echo chambers to be a victory for their side. So be it.