Najib put in an embarrassing quandary

By Thomas Lee

While Datuk Seri Najib Razak was urging all nations of the world to “choose moderation over extremism” to promote international peace and harmony in his maiden speech at the United Nations General Assembly on Monday 27 September 2010, it is surely shocking that back in Malaysia at about the same time, a senior civil servant spewed out one of the most extremist and venomous speeches against the Chinese and Indian communities.

Federal Territory Biro Tata Negara (BTN) deputy director Hamim Husin referred to the Chinese and Indian communities as Si Mata Sepet and Si Botol when speaking at a Puter Umno function.

“The Si Mata Sepet who has never gone to a mosque or surau only has one vote. The Si Botol who only knows how to go up and down Batu Caves only has one vote,” Hamim was quoted as saying, when talking about getting votes from the non-Malay voters.

It surely is most malevolent and seditious for the senior BTN officer to use such a contemptuous, pejorative and derogatory terms of Si Mata Sepet (slit eyes) and Si Botol (alcoholic) to describe the Chinese and Indian citizens.

The flabbergasted speech by the BTN deputy director makes our prime minister sounds like a first-class hypocrite at the United Nations!

The prime minister has urged world leaders to embark on building a “Global Movement of the Moderates” from all faiths to work together to combat and marginalise extremists, whom he said, had held the world with their bigotry and bias.

“It is time for moderates of all countries, of all religions to take back the centre, to reclaim the agenda for peace and pragmatism, and to marginalise the extremists. This Global Movement of the Moderates will save us from sinking into the abyss of despair and depravation,” Najib told the world leaders gathered at the United Nations General Assembly.

Yet, back in his own country, a senior civil servant desacralizes his fair and impartial homily on inter-racial and inter-faith relationship.

The BTN, as an agency to train and develop civil servants, should be in the forefront of preserving and promoting racial equality, harmony and peaceful co-existence among the people.

It should be educating and acculturating the civil servants to lead all races to work towards achieving the inclusive OneMalaysia policy mooted by the Prime Minister.

However, the BTN has been shown to be an extremely racist and highly divisive politically-orientated agency to promote the supremacy of one particular race, which is in direct contradiction to Najib’s inclusive OneMalaysia policy.

During the height of the controversy over the BTN in the last quarter of 2009, various former participants of the BTN courses had testified that the agency is basically geared towards the propagada and promotion of an exclusive political agenda.

For example, the Selangor Pakatan Rakyat state government in December 2009 prohibited state civil servants and students in state-owned tertiary institutions from attending the BTN courses, claiming that they were an indoctrination process by the Barisan Nasional federal government and aimed at brainwashing Malaysians to hate all those opposed to its political agenda.

Pakatan Rakyat leaders have accused the ruling Barisan Nasional federal government of using the BTN to brainwash civil servants and tertiary students to hate the opposition and asked why the BTN is not open to public and conducted in secrecy.

Pakatan Rakyat leaders and former participants have also claimed that the courses were racist in nature and emphasised the idea of the supremacy and superiority of one particular race.

It was also reported that former BTN participants revealed that they were not allowed to take along their mobile phones and other electronic media gadgets while course notes were not allowed to be taken out of the lecture hall.

The latest malicious and malevolent remarks on the Chinese and Indian communities by the Federal Territory BTN deputy director has again highlighted the fact the BTN is in fact an indoctrination tool to instil and reinforce a racial supremacist agenda, which is, for all purposes and intend, an antithesis to Najib’s OneMalaysia ideal.

The predictable danger of such an indoctrination scheme causing untold harm to the already very frail and fragile multi-racial, multi-religious, multi-cultural and mulit-lingual Malaysian society is very real. It can even result in a veritable racial explosion, if not checked, curbed and controlled.

For the most part, those participating in the BTN courses consist of pre-university students, government scholarship students, civil service recruits, and civil servants sent for refresher courses.

With the BTN leadership comprising people with mentality like the Federal Territory deputy director, instead of seeking to instil the spirit of patriotism and love for the country, and promoting racial equality, justice, harmony and peaceful co-existence, the BTN is an utterly destructive agency which should be closed for good.

Najib has told the world leaders at the United Nations: “We must choose moderation over extremism. We must choose negotiations over confrontation. We must choose to work together and not against each other. And we must give this effort utmost priority for time is not on our side.”

If that is what the Prime Minister sincerely believes in and wants to happen, he must show the world by example that he practises what he preaches in his own country.

Then, among his first actions should be the dismantling of the BTN, and the taking of disciplinary action against the racist civil servants, such as the Federal Territory BTN deputy director and the two school principals who cynically and contemptuously run down the non-Malay students in their schools. The actions should include sacking these people, and charging them for sedition.

In the case of the Johor principal who liken her Indian students to dogs, and told them and the Chinese students to go back to India and China, it has been more than two and a half months since the incident was exposed, yet no action has been taken against her. The most ridiculous and stupid statement issued by the federal government is that the Education Minister has no power to act on the case.

Najib also must act fast to rein in and restrain those political racial rousers in his own party Umno who are playing the communal card, causing the racial temperature and tension to rise with their irresponsible blazing stirring of sensitive issues.

He should also put a stop to all the fierce and destructive racial attacks propagated in the media owned by his party. The series of communal onslaughts on the human, fundamental and constitutional rights of the people must be made to cease immediately.

Until our Prime Minister acts on these matters, his speech at the United Nations General Assembly will just be sounds from an empty gong, with no substantial and essential value.

  1. #1 by k1980 on Wednesday, 29 September 2010 - 10:13 am

    //urging all nations of the world to “choose moderation over extremism” to promote international peace and harmony in his maiden speech at the United Nations General Assembly //

    He would convince more people if he were to shave his head botak, put on a dhoti, shed 50 kgs and change his name to jib ghandi.

  2. #2 by Jeffrey on Wednesday, 29 September 2010 - 10:34 am

    ///Until our Prime Minister acts on these matters, his speech at the United Nations General Assembly will just be sounds from an empty gong, with no substantial and essential value/// – Thomas Lee.

    Get real, it’s not easy to hold him to what he said in UN.

    UN General Assembly is the only international forum where leaders of 3rd World Countries like Somaliland, Sudan or Zimbabwe could have their say and what little from their majority votes (as distinct from the UN Security council where they have neither say nor power to influence), and can go and talk Co*k big way and tell everyone else “judge what I say but not what I do back home” to bolster their political capital/credentials in their own backyard domestic consumption.

  3. #3 by Bigjoe on Wednesday, 29 September 2010 - 11:23 am

    How much you want to bet that nothing real will be done? These are the times the excuses expertise, trained for decades, comes out. He still got at least a few more in him. What can rakyat or opposition do if our Nero decides to fiddle while our homes burn?

  4. #4 by Godfather on Wednesday, 29 September 2010 - 11:36 am

    Really ? Embarrassing quandary ? These guys don’t know the meaning of “embarrassing” just like they don’t know the meaning of “shameful”. Just ask cintanegara.

  5. #5 by Ray on Wednesday, 29 September 2010 - 12:02 pm

    Morons Please,Get lost lah….>>Just Look In the Mirror once is enough , Umnoists among themselves…..

    How to be COLOR BLIND ???… when all these Putra 0Puteri Barbarians daily preaching Malay RACISMsia at home here in BOLEHLan….
    Resort to undemcratic ISA lawlessness to detent Innocent Oppostion Party Rakyat Lawmakers in the past and present>>>it can Only help to promote and deepening trememdous hatred among Interfaith and culture , society disunity and disparity>look at Hari Raya Open house gatherings >these MCA MIC SUPP GERAKAN exhibited superficial relationship as what they acted at ministerial level….Lets see all these consequences of the Reality of their Umno BN Racist Harvests .
    BoastFULand UN speeches from these Fatty Rosie & Jibby non sensical Hypocritic on race -terror issues…Better solve yr home family issues fisrt before you open your BIG Buayak MOUTHs..Lah.

    “”Learn to respect others before you can gain repect.””All Human beings have values …Treasure and cherish them. If you promote these values there will be Prosperity and peace in the Malaysian civic society.This Is my personal life experience daily.
    PR Supporters..You Have a Good day!

  6. #6 by BoycottLocalPapers on Wednesday, 29 September 2010 - 12:19 pm

    Look at what SI MATA SEPET & KAKI BOTOL have produced to make Malaysia proud
    Robert Kuok
    Michelle Yeoh
    Datuk Lee Chong Wei
    Datuk Nicol Ann David

    Look at what the supreme Ketuanan UMNO race have produced to make Malaysia proud:

    Noordin Mohammad Top – Top terrorist in Indonesia
    Azahari bin Husin – the technical mastermind behind the 2002 Bali bombing
    Tajuddin Ramli – daylight robbery of MAS when he was the CEO
    Mohammed Khir Toyo – a dentist who bought RM24 million bungalow for RM3.5 million
    Muhammad bin Haji Muhammad Taib – charged in Australia over currency irregularities amounting to RM3.8 million
    Mokhzani Mahathir – 19th richest person in Malaysia with an estimated net worth of US$290 million in 2008 because his father was the PM of Malaysia. Anwar Ibrahim went to prison because his father wanted to save his cronies from bankruptcy.

  7. #7 by k1980 on Wednesday, 29 September 2010 - 1:09 pm

    Off-topic—but very relevant to bolehland’s schools today

    “Teachers who are not doing well, we have to give them support and the training to do well. And ultimately, if some teachers are not doing a good job, they’ve got to go.”

  8. #8 by monsterball on Wednesday, 29 September 2010 - 1:34 pm

    It is a trend of these UMNO B hypocrites and crooks to speak and teach others how to do things good for humans in world stage when at home they practice double standards with no shame at all.
    Mahathir is the worst of all these crooks in dirty politics for 22 years and see how Malaysians are being influenced by that….especially by so many UMNO B members for years.
    All things been said…no one will listen to Najib at International level as his flip flopping…wheeling dealing ..lying are wellknown.

  9. #9 by Loh on Wednesday, 29 September 2010 - 2:03 pm

    ///Najib has told the world leaders at the United Nations: “We must choose moderation over extremism. We must choose negotiations over confrontation. We must choose to work together and not against each other. And we must give this effort utmost priority for time is not on our side.”///– Thomas Lee

    It seems Najib’s brain works only when he is away from the country and only when matters do not involved Malaysia. The moment he is back, Mamakthir does his thinking and decides his policy.

  10. #10 by Mohammad Shahrul on Wednesday, 29 September 2010 - 2:04 pm

    Assalamualaikum (peace upon you) and Salam sejahtera to everybody.
    Come on. This race-racy-racist-kiasu things has made me sick. In our
    Holy Quran, Allah said He made human into other / lot of races as a
    test during our living in the world. To test our heart, examine our
    belief and check whether its just you are the follower of Allah or
    not or just follow your ancestors without thinking (translated as
    “membabi buta” in Malay). Allah said NO ONE IS SUPERIOR THAN THE
    PEOPLE – TO OTHER RACES, DO GOOD. You must understand, Malay and
    Muslim are two different entity. The Malay might or might not being
    f**ked-up by this racism thing but the Muslim, it just we cant be
    a racist and we are not! Allah forbid us from being a racist. You
    see, everybody knows Mahathir’s family is from Kerala, India.
    Everybody knows. Yea, but can he suddenly become the Malay? No.
    Cannot. Be can he become a muslim? Yes, he can. See, two different
    things. For all those politicians, please stop being racists.
    Allah curse you, hate you. Our Malaysia is wealth, rich, prosper
    and peace. Dont make it dirty. Why do we should make our place dirty?

    p/s: Hey, did you watch Chong Wei beat Lin Dan last Sunday? Cool
    game. Me and my family was in front of the TV enjoying the game.
    Cool aaarr Chong Wei.

  11. #11 by DAP man on Wednesday, 29 September 2010 - 2:15 pm

    Nothing will happen to Hamim. He might even be promoted for his patriotic racist service to the nation.
    If those who called the Chinese and Indians names like – pendatang, prostitutes, beggars, dogs, keling etc – can get away what is si mata sepet and kaki botol?
    The DPM cleverly evaded the issue as he stands with Hamim.
    See how the police stood by when Namewee was threatened last night.

  12. #12 by boh-liao on Wednesday, 29 September 2010 - 2:25 pm

    Ai yah, FT BTN deputy director n Puteri Umno wanted 2 hv fun n great laugh mah
    Oredi other racists had called Chinese n Indians as dogs; descendants of beggars, robbers, n prostitutes
    Also, Chinese students go back to China n Indian students to India
    So, FT BTN deputy director very creative n original
    Created Si Mata Sepet n Si Botol 2 entertain Puteri Umno, so original 1
    Hv fun mah, all approved by UmnoB bosses, Y so sensitif 1
    MCA, MIC, Gerakan all OK 1, dare not fart against UmnoB 1

  13. #13 by dagen on Wednesday, 29 September 2010 - 2:30 pm

    Of course jib thinks the world does not know that he always speaks in hypothetical terms only. Like school kids answering “moral” questions.

  14. #14 by DAP man on Wednesday, 29 September 2010 - 2:53 pm

    It seems as though there is an officially approved government approved “Department to Instil Racial Hatred” comprising UMNO,Perkasa, BTN, PDRM, Utusan and probably headed by Mahathir and the DPM.

    There appears to be a well planned program with a litany of strategies released in doses. Every small issue and non-event is twisted and distorted to instill hatred and fear.

  15. #15 by Loh on Wednesday, 29 September 2010 - 3:10 pm

    Malays must be Muslims but Muslims may not be Malays. Mamakthir said that Malays may leave Islamic faith but then he will become non-Malays.

    Mamakthir is right if all Malays are Muslims and so it is the religion that qualifies him as Malay. The constitution of Malaya and later Malaysia defines in article 160 that Malays are Muslims. I should think that Malay as a race predates 1957. Article 160 describes what makes Malay for the purpose of recognizing who are on the special position needing assistance. The wordings under article 160 describe most Malays; but there can be exception. Thus there can be Malays who are not Muslims. Mamakthir is wrong then in his opinion. Actually the person from Kerela claimed that he was Malay and he enjoys the ‘hangout’ meant to be for Malays. Yet Malays take what he said as gospel truth.

    Muslims are prohibited from being racist, as stated in the Quran. But some Malays are certainly racists; their words prove it. Clearly they are Malay first and Muslims second. Or was it they were Malays first, Malaysians next, and Muslims by the way.

    ///You see, everybody knows Mahathir’s family is from Kerala, India. Everybody knows. Yea, but can he suddenly become the Malay? No. Cannot. Be can he become a muslim? Yes, he can. See, two different things. ///– Mohammad Shahrul

    Can he enjoy the provision of article 153? No, he can’t. Can he enjoy NEP? No, he can’t. But in fact he enjoyed NEP without being qualified to, and worse he institutionalized corruption making his son one of the 40 richest persons in Malaysia. He might have made others among the 40 richest persons hold money in trust for him. That was bad enough. But he made Malays believe that they are entitled to help from heaven just by being born Malay and vote for UMNO. Of course he hid from them the fact that through his version of NEP, Malaysians have become among the low income earners in ASEAN. Mamakthir accused Lee Kuan Yew of amnesia when Lee said that we could have been in a better position had Malaysia government administered the country differently. Clearly Mamakthir was afraid that Lee’s words might set Malays thinking.

  16. #16 by sheriff singh on Wednesday, 29 September 2010 - 3:37 pm

    It begs the question:

    “Who’s in charge?”

    Najib? No, he’s just a seat warmer. He gets to go everywhere making all kinds of hollow speeches and to boast that 1Malaysia is one-of-a-kind and is Utopia.

    His “little Napoleons” and foot soldiers in the meantime get to do and behave as they please. And they are paid RM 4 billion annually for creating havoc or for achieving nothing.

  17. #17 by dagen on Wednesday, 29 September 2010 - 3:46 pm

    We should get more malays like Mohammad Shahrul above to talk to umno. And there are a lot of such malays about.

    Look at chong wei. Yeah big deal he defeated lin dan. But hey who coached him? Our Big Sidek Brother man.

  18. #18 by undertaker888 on Wednesday, 29 September 2010 - 4:05 pm

    APCO wrote najib’s speech i believed.
    ya if only those perkasa goons can think like mohd shahrul, this country would be better off by a notch or two. then we are united in just getting rid of this corrupted regime, without going into the 3R traps (race,religion and rights).

  19. #19 by ktteokt on Wednesday, 29 September 2010 - 9:38 pm

    Doesn’t this idiot know that it sometimes only take 1 single vote to make a difference between victory and failure??????? What’s more, now he is talking about two!

  20. #20 by cemerlang on Wednesday, 29 September 2010 - 10:56 pm

    All Malaysians have got sepet eyes because we are all Asians. People who do not have sepet eyes will be either whites or blacks. You can put on tons of make up but it can be still obvious. You can bleach your skin and blonde your hair but you will still be Asian looking. As for alchohol and clubbing, just check into any entertainment outlet or follow our PDRM on one of their raids and see if there are all kinds of races in the pubs, nightclubs, karaokes, massage parlour, gambling joints and all that. We all know the reality of things.

  21. #21 by negarawan on Wednesday, 29 September 2010 - 11:00 pm

    Hamim Husin must be Si Kurang Ajar then. He is a product of UMNO’s ketuanan melayu and racist doctrine.

  22. #22 by Comrade on Thursday, 30 September 2010 - 2:11 am

    “Si Mata Sepet”
    Cute typical Asian eyes
    “Si Botol”
    Not only the Indian guys
    UMNO, repent and get wise
    Or “Si Kiaw Kiaw” (dies)
    When GE13 arrives

  23. #23 by Loh on Thursday, 30 September 2010 - 7:51 am

    If Mamakthir was not recognized as Malay and hence he and his children were not allowed the NEP advantage, despite being Prime Minister, would he still talk about Malays losing political power? Peninsular Malaysia should have adopted the way Sarawak classifies Malay in Sarawak, the Sarawakian Malay that is. Then clearly Mamakthir would still be Malayali according to Islamic classification. Mamakthir could have made the Malayali proud as the immigrant PM.

    The country would still not be so racially polarized when AAB wanted to be PM for all Malaysians had Mamakthir not disturbed AAB administration. Racial division would have lost its meaning had there been no NEP. Of course NEP would not be there if Mamakthir was not allowed to influence Razak. So Mamakthir is the cause of Malaysia downfall.

    The Labour party of UK has just elected Edward Milliband as its leader. His parents migrated to UK during the Second World War. As pendatang of UK, he would one day serve as PM for UK. Here in Bolehland pendatang descendents of the discriminated race are asked to go back to their ancestor land. In Malaysia, except Orang Asli where there is no record of the time they became pendatang to this land, every other Malaysians are pendatang. Yet the government decides to group some pendatang as endangered species requiring special protection. The practise has gone on for so long that the beneficiaries have forgotten that it was the special position there were in that rendered them in the position to require protection. They have forgotten too that all those assistance were there in place to make them leave their special position, when they work hard to enable themselves to. But the argument is that they are no longer classified as pendatang because of the sheer number. Strangely, Orang Asli being weaker than Malays in all aspects and have been in the country longer than Malays were not placed in the special position. It was perhaps because Orang Asli did not have leaders who could call themselves native chiefs.

    Unfair advantage once given cannot be removed. That is especially so then they have leader who knew he had not the indignity of suffering the notion of being placed in the special position, because he is not one of them racially, and yet he gets to gain the unfair advantage. The karma of this land is that when it tries to play God by social engineering, it kills the body.

  24. #24 by PoliticoKat on Thursday, 30 September 2010 - 12:33 pm

    “The Si Mata Sepet who has never gone to a mosque or surau only has one vote. The Si Botol who only knows how to go up and down Batu Caves only has one vote,” – Hamim Husin

    Well… I am now sure where my one vote will go to. Thanks Hamim Husin, you have been a great help.

  25. #25 by Loh on Thursday, 30 September 2010 - 5:09 pm

    Only Si parasite can use postal votes so they have more power.

  26. #26 by good coolie on Tuesday, 5 October 2010 - 1:13 am

    Si Toyol Dalam Botol!

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