I am really intrigued as to how at least five UMNO Ministers could be tricked and fooled by the Chinese leaders in Barisan Nasional in MCA and Gerakan into believing that DAP National Vice Chairman and MP for Seputeh Teresa Kok’s “Onederful Malaysia CNY 2014” video is anti-Malay, anti-Islam and anti-Rulers as to publicly launch a ferocious attack on Teresa Kok and the video – when there is nothing anti-Islam, anti-Malay or anti-Rulers in the video.
For the past two weeks, I have challenged the detractors of Teresa Kok’s video to produce evidence that the video is anti-Malay, anti-Islam and anti-Rulers, promising to get Teresa to retract and apologise for the video if there is any such evidence, but there had been no takers by any Barisan Nasional leader, whether UMNO, MCA or Gerakan.
This is an “expensive” lesson to UMNO Ministers and leaders not to be so gullible as to believe everything the Chinese leaders in Barisan Nasional, whether MCA or Gerakan, tell them about the DAP is true, or it is their credibility which will be the biggest victims.
The other UMNO Ministers apart from these five must be greatly relieved that they have not made a fool of themselves in being so gullible as to believe the whisperings of Chinese leaders in Barisan Nasional, whether MCA or Gerakan.
When there are MCA and Gerakan leaders who could lie to UMNO Ministers that Teresa Kok’s video is anti-Malay, anti-Islam and anti-Rulers when there is not an iota of evidence in the video to substantiate such wild and irresponsible allegations, what other unprincipled and unscrupulous things MCA and Gerakan leaders are incapable of doing to serve their petty political interests?
After more than two weeks of the Teresa Kok video controversy, including the irrational, mindless and extremists reactions like the demonstration in Kuala Lumpur last Thursday by the self-styled “Council of Islamic NGOs” offering RM1,200 to anyone who slaps Teresa Kok as well as the “chicken-slaughtering and blood-smearing” of pictures of DAP and Pakatan Rakyat leaders, resulting in more than 600,000 hits of Teresa Kok’s video on YouTube, it is time to bring the whole artificial crisis to a closure.
I want to specifically address the new MCA leaders like Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai and Datuk Dr. Wee Ka Siong – that the new MCA leaders should stop being xioren 小人 but must dare to speak truth to power by declaring that Teresa Kok’s video is not anti-Malay, anti-Islam and anti-royalty.
Unless of course Tiong Lai and Ka Siong are of the view that Teresa Kok’s video is really anti-Malay, anti-Islam and anti-Rulers, then let them say so openly, and I will respect them for it – but they must be able to prove that Teresa Kok’s video is anti-Malay, anti-Islam and anti-Rulers.
Nobody will respect the MCA leaders if all they can do is to work in the dark to whisper in the ears of UMNO leaders that Teresa Kok’s video is anti-Malay, anti-Islam and anti-Rulers although there is no evidence whatsoever.
Let me tell Tiong Lay and Ka Siong that they have got their priorities all wrong if they think that the most important thing for MCA under their leadership to do now is to get back to the Cabinet and government, so that MCA leaders have the opportunity to become Ministers and Deputy Ministers.
What is the use of MCA getting back to Cabinet and government to have Ministers and Deputy Ministers if they all stripped of all public respect, honour and credibility – when they dare not speak truth to authority to state publicly to ask UMNO leaders to stop persecuting and victimising Teresa Kok over the CNY video as there is no basis in the allegations that the video is anti-Malay, anti-Islam and anti-Rulers?
I am astounded by a report of the absurd and perverse illogic of a lawyer of the self-styled “Council of Islamic NGOs” claiming that the offer to reward anyone for slapping Teresa Kok would only be an offence if the offer is taken up – and that the offer otherwise remains an offer and not a threat.
This is another example of the shocking decline of intellectual and educational standards in Malaysia after half-a-century of nationhood, that we have “lawyers” publicly talking such garbage without a tinge of shame or embarrassment.
I am still waiting for the Home Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi and the Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar to answer my question whether it is legal and permissible for demonstrations to be held up and down the country to offer RM1,200 to anyone to slap the Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak RM1,300 to slap the Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin and RM1,500 to slap the Home Minister!
It is most deplorable as to the type of riff-raff which have come forward to set the nation-building agenda, by reckless and irresponsible dissemination of lies and falsehoods to continue to incite racial and religious hatred, conflict and tension to create racial chaos and religious conflagration.
One of them have even to temerity to claim that the offer to “slap” Teresa is not “to hurt” Teresa but a “slap of love” – “tampar sayang-sayang”.
Is such a person prepared to stand in public to receive the “slap of love” of a long queue of Malaysians worried about his sanity?
Have the crazies taken over the country?
Is this the type of Cabinet and government that the MCA leaders are thirsting to go back to?
The time has come for Malaysia to return to sanity.
Is the Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak capable of such an assignment?
(Speech at thd DAP Segamat Chinese New Year gathering on Thursday, 13th February 2014 at 8 pm)