The young and the racist August 20, 2006Posted by elizabethwong in Current Affairs, Malaysia, Note2Self, Politics, Race Relations.
“The internal split within Umno will weaken the party’s position and this will pave way for the Chinese Malaysians to make various demands to benefit their community.”
Khairy Jamaluddin, deputy youth chief of UMNO Youth, was quoted as saying this by Chinese newspaper Sin Chew Daily. In fact, all the Chinese papers reported on this. Not the English or Malay language papers.
One. UMNO’s internal party problems are caused by their own party members. Decades of patronage, nepotism and corruption. When the pie shrinks, of course everyone fights for the last crumb.
Two. The Malaysian Chinese community demands have been consistent. Fair play; preservation of culture and traditions; and equal opportunities in business, education and all other areas that would have anti-Discrimination Boards of developed countries hopping.
Three. Khairy is using the classic tactic of suggesting “we must unite to fight the greater enemy out there.”
So once again, the Chinese in Malaysia are made the scapegoats and cast as ‘enemies’ of the land they were born in. It happened in 1987 (Najib Razak, now deputy Prime Minister, then baying for the blood of the Chinese), in 1999 (Umno Youth threatening to torch the KL / Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall) and now this.
This time round, Khairy is using the ‘Chinese bogeyman’ to distract attention from his own personal woes and allegations of corruption and insider-trading.
One word for this – Sad.
Is this who we are banking on, the so-called hope of a new generation? Is this the political party that we still want to cast our votes for each general election, a hard-core racist party and their foot soldiers?
Goes to show, you can be a liberal. Hey you can even graduate from Oxford. But that’s not going to erase the racist in you.