Who’s the racist these days?

The Malaysian Insider
April 28, 2013

APRIL 28 – Going into Malaysia’s 56th year of independence, one would assume that racism would not rear its ugly head especially among its leaders – young or old.

There is Barisan Nasional (BN) and its predecessor Alliance that has always put cooperation as one of its pillars. And there is Pakatan Rakyat (PR), all three multi-racial parties that have eschewed racism.

Then, there is Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, who once spoke of a Bangsa Malaysia when he was Malaysia’s prime minister but for some time now, has resorted to racism and accusing others of racism in his speeches and writings.

Today, the New Sunday Times had him accuse the DAP of racism in going for the Gelang Patah federal seat due to its sizeable Chinese majority.

“If DAP does not play on its Chinese-ness, it cannot win. That is why Kit Siang chose Gelang Patah where 53 per cent of the voters are Chinese,” the weekly quoted Dr Mahathir.

This isn’t the first time Dr Mahathir has gone on this tangent. Earlier this year, he blamed Tunku for granting citizenship to Indians and Chinese at the advent of independence.

He had also defended Perkasa chief Datuk Ibrahim Ali who advocated the burning of Malay-language bibles.

Dr Mahathir had also gone on record to say that Selangor must be saved from the opposition to ensure the rights and position of the Malays and Bumiputeras are maintained in the state.

“When they proposed to strip the special privileges of the Malays, the opposition, which purportedly had two parties with Malay leadership, willingly complied. If we are not careful, we will lose altogether our rights on our own soil and they (opposition) will get rid of all efforts to develop the Malays and Bumiputeras,” he said last March.

We must ignore such racism if we are to progress as a “better nation” or as a “better Malaysia”.

If anything, this appears to be Dr Mahathir’s way of attacking his political foes to preserve his contributions to the country.

But it is too late to to safeguard his “legacy” of skewed development, bloated bureaucracy, corruption and cronyism.

In a more mature and better country, let’s consign racism to the rubbish bin of history.

  1. #1 by worldpress on Monday, 29 April 2013 - 8:02 am

    Current UMNO is not the original Tunku Abdul Rahman UMNO

    Current UMNO is UMNO Baru by Mamak

    Mamak control UMNO

    UMNO control BN

    When you vote BN indirectly you vote the Mamak to be Master

    When you vote corrupted politicians indirectly you vote Criminal to be Master

  2. #2 by lee tai king (previously dagen) on Monday, 29 April 2013 - 9:05 am

    Who’s racist?


  3. #3 by gofortruth on Monday, 29 April 2013 - 10:32 am

    Mahathir’s legacy – Malaysia’s father of racism! He is a CROOK!!!

  4. #4 by Bigjoe on Monday, 29 April 2013 - 10:50 am

    Actually if Mahathir just confined to racist ranting, I am not worried because the more he does so, the more un-Malay it looks. Its a matter of pride of the Malays that they are NOT racist and the more Mahathir rants, the more he looks like he is the one kissing Zul Nordin..

    The truth is Mahathir is the most LETHAL when he walks away from racism and then betraying that trust by abusing the power of govt . When he is backed against the wall, its not racism he uses but rather the ABUSE OF POWER.. If he just using racism, its to climb back out of a hole – meaning HE IS IN A HOLE and on a defense. He has never really succeeded in doing so on his own even when climbing up in his younger days – he was helped by those in power and failure of the higher up to check him.

    I am more concern what else he has done and I don’t assume ANYTHING he won’t do..

  5. #5 by machiavelli on Monday, 29 April 2013 - 10:55 am

    Racism is not just criminal, it is pure evil.

    Remember Adolf Hitler and his Aryan race.

    Bangun Rakyat Malaysia!

    Make your votes bring forth a better Malaysia!

  6. #6 by bumiborn on Monday, 29 April 2013 - 11:55 am

  7. #7 by tuahpekkong on Monday, 29 April 2013 - 8:55 pm

    Mahathir is undoubtedly Malaysia’s biggest racist, yet he shamelessly labels others as racists. 22 years of autocratic rule has made him think that he can do no wrong.

  8. #8 by Winston on Monday, 29 April 2013 - 10:19 pm

    The reasons why even these past “leaders” of the ruling party are so concerned about retaining power is not that they have the welfare of Malaysians at heart!
    The simple fact is that they do so so that they can continue to dip their ladle into the gravy train.
    Not only that, they want it to be a family affair, one that can be bequeathed to their future generations!
    Even after they are gone!!!
    The Pharaohs of ancient Egypt couldn’t have done better!!
    An equally important reason is that if their party remains in power, all those who benefited from the corruption, scams and scandals will be protected from prosecution for their crimes.
    So, should Malaysians continue to allow such criminals to govern this country??
    Especially when there are leaders in the PR who are competent, accountable and transparent??
    So, put an end to all this malfeasance once and for all in GE13!!!!
    JUST DO IT!!!!

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