Tajuddin should focus on his job, not make racist remarks


Syerleena Abdul Rashid
Malaysiakini
2 Oct 2015

“Nak kena lempang macam itu,” those were the words Deputy Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Minister Tajuddin Abdul Rahman uttered recently. The Pasir Salak MP articulated such bigoted statements as a response to China’s Ambassador to Malaysia Huang Huikang visit to Petaling Street.

He warned further, “I want to warn the Chinese Malaysians, don’t think when you have a problem, you want to complain – just a little bit also complain – that there will be people to protect them.”

Two other BN component parties – MCA and Gerakan has since issued statements of their own; the former demanding an apology for singling out Malaysian Chinese and the latter threatening to deliver a “flying kick which is harder and longer than his hand”.

A politician of Tajuddin’s stature should have exuded some class in his response. No doubt, these are trying times but politics is about respecting the relationship between society and the government.

Politicians play an important role in society and are regarded as representatives of the people – individuals who are involved in influencing public policy and decision making in government.

The off colour remarks made by Tajuddin only proves that the elite are too disconnected from reality. Being the deputy agriculture and agro-based industry, it would be in our country’s best interest if he could stay on topic, focus on the economy and formulate solid policies that can improve our waning agriculture and agro-based industries.

Agriculture was once a primary driving for in Malaysia’s economy but is presently a minor sector which accounts only 7.1 percent of Malaysia’s GDP in 2014 and provides 13.3 percent employment (which is roughly 11.1 million Malaysians).

The ministry is responsible to strategizing, planning policies as well as alternative development programs that can overcome several of the prevalent challenges that exist in the industry.

Studies show that over 66 percent of those employed in agro-based industries are over 50 years old and this simply shows that there is an employment demand gap left void by young Malaysians. (According to statistics, 161,000 graduates or 8.8 per cent of youths, aged between 20 and 24 years, are currently unemployed).

Additionally, our country is also faced with highly competitive international markets; such is the case for rubber, where Malaysia is already losing to lower cost producers like Thailand and Indonesia. Whereas for the locals, the unsustainable food production system has lead to the grim realities concerning food security and nutrition we know too well.

I would like to reiterate that these are the challenges the ministry and especially the deputy minister must try to overcome first and foremost.

Winston Churchill once said that “a politician must have the ability to foretell what is going to happen tomorrow, next week, next month, and next year, and to have the ability afterwards to explain why it didn’t happen”.

Hence, politics is meant for those who possess integrity and the dexterity to achieve results and improving the lives for those they represent.

Politics isn’t meant for inept and corrupt individuals; and it certainly isn’t meant for those who assume ‘slap-happy’ bravados can win the hearts of their constituents.

SYERLEENA ABDUL RASHID is DAP Youth Bukit Bendera secretary, DAP Wanita Bukit Bendera political education director and MBPP councillor.

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  1. #1 by Bigjoe on Monday, 5 October 2015 - 8:52 am

    Tajuddin should be removed from his job or rather his corruption – corruption of himself and others..

    Its the biggest question that faces the Malay – why is such an idiot, malevolent and one without much backbone which is always the case, doing being an MP much less a minister? Really, if they have someone like him as their senior political leader, HE IS A REFLECTION OF WHO THE MALAYS ARE – they get the leadership they deserve and when it all comes falling apart, no one should care. In fact after four and half decades of development, of being shown what the real world is like, they still have leaders like him rising, then the wonder is anyone really still cares when the Malay complain or give excuses.

    The Malays have to look at Najib and how NO ONE except those who get very well rewarded, care for anything he says to learn that someday, others will treat them the same way, they won’t care. they won’t listen. THAT is even more scarier than anything imagined ill-intent anyone has against them..

  2. #2 by undertaker888 on Monday, 5 October 2015 - 10:22 am

    Doing his job? Does he know how?

  3. #3 by Godfather on Monday, 5 October 2015 - 10:28 am

    He now says he was misquoted. Audio and video recordings prove otherwise, so he lied again ! No repercussions for those who lie in UMNO, since the No. 1 guy did the same thing.

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