Blogger Gopal Raj Kumar of http://www.takemon.wordpress.com contributed the following comment:
“What’s disgusting and typically Pakatan about this note of condolence is that it is an insincere and exploitative bit of indecency typical of the Pakatan mindset.
“A condolence should be separate and stand on its own instead of standing on the bodies of 239 innocent passengers not caught up in this filthy PKR struggle.” — grkumar @ 2014/03/09 at 2:17 pm
Those oppo people can blithely say “Our thoughts and prayers are with the families (of MH370 passengers)” but in the same breath blame Umno, bash the government and badmouth everything about Malaysia.
The comment below by a Malaysiakini subscriber encapsulates the attitude of the anti-establishment crowd — “But today with MH370, the world has a chance to see what kind of government we have”.
With these kind of people, now’s the golden opportunity to tell the international community how bad the Umno-led government is.
If we thought that their earlier calls for God’s comfort to be with the grief-stricken kin of MH370 passengers was hypocritical, by this late day in the week, their mask of concern has dropped.
Now the MH370 coverage by world media is providing them the chance and springboard to attack everything that they think is wrong with the country. They’re not even bothering to pretend anymore that their hearts go out to the families of the passengers.
Instead they are backslapping each other on how the Anak Bangsa have shown the depth of caring among Malaysians, across faiths and across ethnic groups, to come together in a time of “national crisis”.
It is really more about they themselves and rather less about the 239 individuals onboard.
The big story is not the 239 passengers but the demonstration of how Firsters are self-referentially stretching their hands in friendship to strangers. They are reaching out to fellow Malaysians who belong to a different race (bolstering the ‘colour-blind’ credentials) in a time of common grief.
The more important angle to them is how their churches are organizing joint interfaith prayers to ‘build bridges’ – across the backs of 239 missing individuals – and bringing together Malaysians irrespective of creed and colour, and in the process slaying the racist spectre of May 13.
It is their “see how Malaysians of different races and different religions have come together” trope that is hogging their write-ups and social media. Ultimately, it is meant to be a reprise of the Bersih 3.0 “togetherness” storyboard.
But for all their Firster naval-gazing, it is still unthinkable that they would think to leave off whacking Malaysia. In their own words, “today with MH370, the world has a chance to see what kind of government we have”.
For local consumption, they narrate their stories of building bridges over the Indian Ocean and South China Sea.
To the world, they tell their favourite stories of how bad and stupid the Malaysian government is.