Ridhuan Tee and MCA’s Stockholm syndrome
Sampai timbalan presiden MCA pun turun gelanggang untuk menghentam Ridhuan Tee yang sekadar bertugas sebagai pensyarah. Tak ngam seorang berpangkat tinggi mahu belasah individu yang jauh lebih rendah darjatnya berbanding beliau yang bergelar Pak Menteri.
Nyata MCA bukan gajah yang mampu berjuang sama gajah (DAP). Bagi MCA, berjaya menginjak seekor cengkeding pun jadi lah.
MCA Youth’s police report yesterday against Ridhuan is a form of bullying.
A political party that claims to have one million members has stooped so low as to harass one Muslim individual who is not even a politician.
How ‘impressive’ (not!) that MCA Youth sec-gen Datuk Leong Kim Soon had brought along a delegation, no less, to lodge their complaint at the Dang Wangi police HQ so that the authorities can be prompted to take action against Ridhuan.
MCA nih sudah takde kerja. The party wants police to arrest a professor because it feels “insulted” by his remarks.
Imagine if the next time we feel insulted by remarks made about us, we run complaining to the police and expect the cops to arrest that horrible person who offended us.
Or consider the torrent of insults and curses that has rained on Ridhuan by both the MCA leadership and the DAP Rottweilers. Evidently the MCA does not care about this culture of verbal abuse that has been cultivated by the Cina DAP community it represents.
So who is MCA to now complain about the Chinese community feeling insulted by Ridhuan when they are themselves the worst foul-mouthed offenders?
MCA should bugger off
You can evaluate for yourself – see below – whether Ridhuan’s comments are seditious as MCA alleges or whether MCA is merely wasting the police’s time in pursuit of a vendetta against its former party member.
The contentious passages from Ridhuan’s Sinar Harian Monday column are as below.
“Sukan pada hari ini sudah menjadi perniagaan, mencari populariti, lubuk duit, bukan lagi patriotisme. Patriotisme hanya di bibir bukan di hati.
“Sukan bola sepak dan hoki misalnya, terlalu sukar menarik perhatian orang bukan Melayu seperti dahulu. Kenapa? Jangan bandingkan bola tampar dan bola keranjang yang sudah sinonim.
“Hari ini, kita lebih mengejar acara individu kerana di situ lubuk duit. Manakala berpasukan seperti bola sepak memerlukan kekuatan jamaah.
“Sebab itu, semua mahu fokus kepada acara individu daripada berjamaah kerana ganjaran lebih besar. Inilah sifat individualistik yang ada kaitan dengan ultra kiasu yang selalu saya perkatakan.”
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Appraisal of Ridhuan’s article content
Does what Ridhuan said in his Sinar Harian article sound logical and reasonable?
Paragraph #1 …
Tick ~True~ or ~False~
(a) “Today sports has become a business”
To some extent, yes, depending on the sports and the sportsman.
Golfer Tiger Woods, for example, is a walking billboard who is brand ambassador for Nike, Rolex and other prestige products. Another sports brand is David Beckham. So are a number of other international footballers, F1 drivers and world tennis players.
BELOW: Victoria Beckham carrying a Birkin
(b) “Sports has become the avenue to seek popularity and a source of money (lubuk duit)”
Before his sex scandal, Tiger Woods was one of the world’s most popular sportsmen. From his championship prize earnings but more his endorsements, Woods has collected US$1.35 billion (RM5.5b) since turning pro in 1996, according to a Forbes estimate last year.
Popularity is profitable. Filipino sports icon Manny Pacquiao parleyed his beloved boxer status into a successful bid for a senate seat. He is currently YB Senator Pacquiao. In the USA, former pro wrestler Jesse Ventura became Minnesota governor (1999-2003).
BELOW: American gymnast McKayla Maroney scowling on the podium in London 2012 because she was disappointed that she only won a silver when she had been tipped for Olympic gold
(c) “Sports is no longer about patriotism. Patriotism is only paying lip service.”
Ridhuan’s blanket statement above is admittedly debatable. It varies from which sportsmen to which sports, which sporting event and which country.
In any case, here Ridhuan is only expressing his personal opinion. You’re free to agree or to disagree with him. Or even “agree to disagree” — which is the DAP’s infamous motto.
But just because you object to Ridhuan’s views, does it mean police have to throw him in jail on the serious charge of sedition as per the MCA demand?
What is MCA’s problem?!
Besides being a washout in GE12 and GE13 and waiting to die in GE14, that is.
Probably MCA terasa when Ridhuan uses the phrase “ultra kiasu”.
Okay, let’s check out the rest of what Ridhuan had to say in Sinar Harian a few days ago, as cited above.
Paragraph #2 …
Tick ~True~ or ~False~
“It is very difficult for football and hockey, for instance, to attract the participation of non-Malays as these sports used to in the past.”
True, with regard to the current lack of Malaysian Chinese among our national footballers and hockey squad. However ex-national hockey players Tai Beng Hai, Lim Chiow Chuan and Wallace Tan are involved in the coaching and administration of the present teams.
Paragraph #3 …
Tick ~True~ or ~False~
“Today’s sportsmen are more keen on individual events because that is where the money is. Whereas team sports like football requires team spirit (kekuatan jamaah).”
Half true; the second sentence is correct.
Practically speaking, an athlete is more in control of his performance in the individual sports. The harder you push yourself, the further you can go. So a self-starter should not be faulted for choosing to excel in the individual disciplines.
To be fair, Malaysia’s Rio Olympians showed teamwork too. The men’s badminton and mixed badminton doubles were about teamwork in pairs. Likewise the 10m platform diving duo who won the women’s silver.
Paragraph #4 — The jibe that got MCA’s goat
“Because of that, all want to focus on individual rather than team events as rewards for the latter are greater. This is the individualistic trait connected to the ultra kiasu that I usually talk about”.
The Chinese-centered MCA interprets Ridhuan to exclude our Bidayuh diver (Olympic silver medalist) and Malay cyclist (Olympic bronze medalist) from his label of ‘ultra kiasu’.
Thus that leaves the five Chinese shuttlers – winning three Olympic silvers between them – for whom MCA is taking up the cudgels and protecting from being slurred as ultra kiasu or unpatriotic.
One half of the silver-winning synchronized divers (10m platform) at the Rio Olympics is Chinese.
Earning Olympic silver is a terrific achievement. They did great and Ridhuan should not have rained on their parade.
Nonetheless, what Ridhuan said would not have courted so much controversy if the subject was broached at another time and couched in more general terms, rather than giving the impression that he was alluding to the medal-winning badminton players.
BELOW: MCA official functions do not use our national language … patriotic eh?
banner screen behind the MCA president which says his party’s aim is “to unite the Chinese community”
MCA claims Ridhuan failed its patriotism test
Despite the inappropriateness of Ridhuan’s remarks, MCA too went overboard when its Youth sec-gen Datuk Leong told the press, “[berating Ridhuan] Do not bring up elements of sedition that can jeopardize the peace in the country and unity among the races.”
(1) Can anybody tell me what is seditious about Ridhuan’s commentary above or what is seditious about calling some people “ultra kiasu” or unpatriotic?
In the first place, if name-calling constituted sedition, then a lot of Dapsters would already be in jail for the nasty names they’ve bestowed on our PM and his wife.
Secondly, can MCA define for us how – by providing some benchmarks – the party considers its Chinese constituents to be particularly patriotic. After all, MCA itself labeled Ridhuan as the “Most Unpatriotic Malaysian”.
Since MCA has decided that Ridhuan is unpatriotic, the party must reveal what are its criteria for one to be deemed patriotic.
BELOW: The Bintang Lima logo of MCA’s Star Media Group drew inspiration from the five-starred China flag
(2) In what way does Ridhuan talking about rewards gained from individual sports “jeopardize the peace in the country”?
If anyone is jeopardizing peace in Malaysia, it is the evangelistas and I don’t see MCA demonstrating an iota of concern over their constant provocation.
(3) MCA also accuses Ridhuan of jeopardizing “unity among the races”.
It is the Dapsters who are most responsible for jeopardizing unity among the races.
Over the last decade, during which period the MCA ceded a total of 24 BN Parliament seats – see bar chart above – to the DAP mostly, the Dapster-evangelistas have been peddling hate, lies and endless slander but MCA did nothing to stop them.
It makes you suspect that MCA is in cahoots or why else would its media be promoting the DAP evangelista politicians?
Instead of taking to task the ruling party’s chief political opponent DAP, the coalition’s Chinese component is relentlessly attacking a Muslim convert.
What is the worth of MCA to the BN if all that the party is good for is bashing Ridhuan on a weekly basis? Is there any MCA leader who has not yet bashed Ridhuan?
Click on tweet below for article on MCA deputy president Wee Ka Siong chiding him.
Symptoms of Stockholm syndrome
Might as well the battered MCA dissolve itself and formally hand over the party prime assets to the DAP. After all, it’s as if the Gunting Dalam Lipatan is working for the benefit of the opposition anyway.
MCA is being trashed senseless by the DAP but all of MCA’s inexplicable actions of late has been to further the DAP’s interests.
The DAP evangelistas run rings around MCA and yet MCA permits its party media and machinery to operate in ways that benefit the DAP.
Dapsters spit daily at MCA and how does the MCA respond? By barking at Umno and snapping its jaws at Malays.
And it’s pathetic that unable to take on DAP or the evangelistas or the Dapsters, all MCA can do is make police report against Ridhuan Tee.