Why the “deafening silence” from MCA and MIC on the matter of Zakir Naik, asked a letter headlined ‘The great pretense of MCA, MIC’ recently in Malaysiakini.
Isn’t silence from MCA president Wee Ka Siong and MIC president S. Vigneswaran a sign of their agreement with Umno sec-gen Annuar Musa, asked Lim Thian Piau in his Aug 17 letter (see link in tweet below) to the news portal.
Their silence in the face of the attempt by Annuar to burnish his Islamic credentials by coming to Zakir’s defence is a “fine example of these parties’ opportunistic streak”, added Lim. The real deafening silence is actually the empty space between Lim Thian Piau‘s ears — a man who is still stuck in the pre-regime change, noughties (2000s) time warp.
Can Lim really be that clueless as to believe it is MCA and MIC who are guilty of a “great pretense”? Surely it’s DAP that is the great pretender!
Firstly, Umno is out of power and not in control of the federal government. Furthermore, Umno is leading only two state governments – Perlis and Pahang – out of our country’s 14. What does Lim expect Umno to be able to do about Zakir?
Secondly, MCA and MIC are today quite irrelevant with each party now having a mere single elected representative in parliament. Their MPs are Wee Ka Siong and M. Saravanan respectively. Why does Lim even bother expecting the two mosquito parties to check and balance Umno which still has 38 MPs remaining?
If anything, it is the ex-Umno MPs (13 of them) currently in Pribumi whom Lim ought to call upon the DAP to check. In fact, there are more Umno frogs in Pribumi than there were candidates originally on the Pribumi ticket who won their seats on the 9 May 2018 election night.
BELOW: The sight of DAP members “mewling in the corner does not look good” is the sound advice given by Malaysiakini columnist S. Thayaparan
Thirdly, Lim alleged that Zakir “had run down the Chinese and Indians”.
DAP Indians – namely Rama, Kula, Santiago and Satees Muniandy – had stood up to Zakir. This DAP quartet of YBs even cover all the religious bases — ranging from Hindu to Christian to Sikh.
Instead of whining about Wee Ka Siong’s supposed silence, why does not Lim urge the rest of DAP’s 31 (I’m excluding perpetual tin kosong Lim Kit Siang) Chinese MPs to break their own “deafening silence” to speak up on behalf of their fellow Malaysian Chinese in this matter of Zakir Naik.
Fourth and lastly, Lim accuses Umno as being the party “which is fond of stoking racial-religious sentiments”.
The latest politician to do this stoking is Entrepreneur Development Minister Mohd Redzuan Yusof who has dug his heels in on the complaint that the Malays conceded too much to the “racists” — see news report tweeted above.
This ‘Flying Car’ minister handpicked to join the Mahathir cabinet is a Pribumi (not Umno) man.
Anyway this morning, Zakir Naik issued “an apology to everyone who feels hurt” because of their misunderstanding of him. He’s said sorry, so no more problem (see breaking news above).
He moreover clarified, “It has been my mission to spread peace throughout the world.”
All is good. Nothing more to see. Move along.
Zakir Naik claims he’s not a racist
In his apology this morning, Zakir said that he is not racist and his remarks were “used selectively with fabrications added to them”.
There! It’s the ostensible fabricators who are at fault then.
Case closed. Zakir Naik is not a racist.
It’s Dong Zong who are the real racists, according to Mahathir (ref. Bernama article below).
Perlis mufti Asri Zainul Abidin, who is a supporter of Zakir, called on Malaysians to sign the petition demanding a ban on Dong Zong. He agrees with Mahathir that Dong Zong is racist.
The youth wing of Mahathir’s Pribumi party had launched an online petition last week insisting on Dong Zong’s ban.
In the Malay mind, the label ‘Dong Zong’; is linked confusingly with the DAP.
BELOW: Front page of PAS newspaper ‘Harakah’ reporting the Islamist party agrees with Mahathir that Dong Zong is racist
Malay commenters online rant at DAPigs, at the biaDAP Chinese and DAP laknatullah. Such ‘Dapigs’ and ‘biadab’ name-calling specifically implicates the DAP. Note that there’s no equivalent custom-tailored “DAPpigs” taunt or “biaDAP” insult which are similarly directed to, or eponymous with, the MCA.
‘DAP’, on the other hand, has turned into a code word for the Chinese collective who are Mahathir’s little running dog.
In fact, DAP running dogs encourage the Chinese to identify wholly with their tiny chihuahua party, and their party only. During the last election campaign, DAP had strongly urged Chinese voters to annihilate MCA and Gerakan by giving the two BN components a “duck’s egg”.
Hence it is pointless for the “rakyat Malaysia yang belum Muslim” to blame MCA for keeping quiet when Umno defends Zakir. It will be more to the point to ask DAP why they’re quiet when Pribumi embraces Zakir.