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What do Chinese want?
The most important concern of the Chinese is fairness in the system – especially in education, business and the civil service.
Even before the elections took place, various Umno leaders led by Dr Mahathir Mohamad and Utusan Malaysia have led the onslaught against the Chinese in the country.
Now the results are in, they are taking to a new level the politics of suspicion, hatred and revenge in the Malay masses for what they say as a betrayal by the Chinese voters.
…..Firstly, as others have pointed out, the so-called Chinese tsunami was actually a Malaysian tsunami which accounted for the largest ever proportion of total votes – in fact the majority – going to the opposition.
Secondly, the Chinese rejection of BN is in fact a rejection of Chinese racial politics as espoused by MCA and its junior Chinese partners in BN.
If the Chinese had wanted to engage in racial politics as usual surely they would have voted for the towkays and the cronies who have been the leading players in MCA politics during the past 50 years.
What are the specific changes that the Chinese want? In my social work I have found that the most important concern of the Chinese is fairness in the system – especially in education, business and the civil service.
The Chinese young and middle aged constituencies have had enough of what they view as political eunuchs and opportunists leading the MCA and Gerakan.
Moreover, they have no faith or trust in the country’s broken socio-economic system which is dominated by Umno and which has not only divided Malaysians but also held back our economic advancement.
Fair and open competition with due regard given to need and merit irrespective of race so that their young children can have a real future to look forward to, good governance so that the economy can grow to reach the levels of South Korea, Taiwan and Singapore – this is what the Chinese want.
Koon Yew Yin is an investor and philantropist. He is the founder IJM Group, Gamuda and Mudajaya.
MCA veteran says that former Court of Appeal Judge Dato’ Mohd Noor Abdullah is irresponsible in what he said.
Tuesday, 14 May 2013 09:53
Ex-judge’s extreme racism is “extremely irresponsible” – MCA
Remarks by former Court of Appeal Judge Dato’ Mohd Noor Abdullah that the Chinese community should expect a backlash from the Malay community for the former’s betrayal against them are highly regrettable.
As a former Court of Appeals Judge, Dato’ Mohd Noor should have exercised rationale, moderation and a sense of responsibility. He should stand up for social justice and justice as associated with his identity as being among the nation’s elite. However, not only are his comments unfounded, the extremely irresponsible comments are provocative and can incite race-hate.
When voters inclusive of Malay voters selected any one of the three parties in the Pakatan pact consisting of PAS, PKR and DAP on the ballot slip, can this be argued as a “betrayal” against the Malays? Therefore, the so-called “Chinese betraying Malays” argument holds no merit at all. Dato’ Mohd Noor’s alleged warning of a “backlash” which can lead to the destruction of racial harmony and social peace also is senseless.
As expressed by UMNO Member of Parliament Dato’ Shahrir Samad who retained the Johor Bharu parliamentary constituency as well as UMNO Supreme Council member Dato’ Saifuddin Abdullah, no blame should be levelled against voters of a particular community. The remarks by these two statesmen are rational and impartial which are a positive development towards our nation’s racial harmony.
Dato’ Lim Si Cheng
Former Dewan Rakyat Deputy Speaker
Mohamad said he disagrees with former Malacca chief minister Mohd Ali Rustam (left), who had described Chinese voters as “ungrateful” and “racist” following his defeat in the Bukit Katil parliamentary constituency.
“He lost Bukit Katil, but the BN did not lose in all parliamentary seats. So, he should not generalise and label the Chinese as ungrateful and racist.”
He added that it was the support of Chinese voters that had helped him defend the Rantau state seat and assisted the BN to keep control of Negri Sembilan.
Negri Sembilan Menteri Besar Mohamad Hasan has joined the league of liberal Umno leaders to refute the claim by BN head Najib Abdul Razak that the coalition’s abysmal performance in the 13th general election was due to a “Chinese tsunami”.
In an interview with Chinese-language daily Nanyang Siang Pau, he said the election results were a continuation of the 2008 general election, with young voters leaning toward Pakatan Rakyat.
Citing Shah Alam where BN candidate Zulkiflil Nordin was defeated by Khalid Samad of PAS, Mohamad (right) noted that the defeat in the parliamentary constituency – where Malays make up 85 percent of the electorate – was due to the selection of candidate.
As such, he said, the Chinese should not be blamed just because the BN failed to win in Chinese-dominated constituencies.
“Many people have said (the 13th) general election (outcome was affected by a) ‘Chinese tsunami’,” he was quoted as saying.
“(It would be) more appropriate (to say that) Chinese voters did not support MCA and Gerakan, while Umno’s position has been strengthened.”
PKR de facto leader Anwar Ibrahim has blasted a former judge’s comments at a forum yesterday for being racist, drawing comparisons with the Ku Klux Klan and Adolf Hitler.
“Former appeal court judge Mohd Noor Abdullah’s (left) racist speech puts the Ku Klux Klan to shame and makes Hitler proud.
“How long more are we to tolerate such hate mongering and race baiting from the illegitimate Najib government?” said Anwar in a statement today on his blog.
PKR vice-president N Surendran has called for former Court of Appeal judge Mohd Noor Abdullah to be sacked from the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission’s (MACC) Complaints Committee for making a racist statement yesterday.
Surendran (left), the newly-elected MP for Padang Serai, said Mohd Noor was unfit to hold a position of public trust following his statement yesterday.
“The BN government must immediately sack Mohd Noor Abdullah from this position of public trust. Mohd Noor’s statement makes him totally unfit to hold any position of public trust,” he said.
Surendran said Mohd Noor’s statement must be investigated under Section 505 of the Penal Code for causing “public mischief”.
“The Election Commission must also speak up and condemn the repeated threats issued to the Chinese community simply for exercising their democratic right to vote for a party of their choice,” he said.
Surendran said Mohd Noor’s statement was consistent with similar “racist and inaccurate” statements made by Malay daily Utusan Malaysia, which front-paged a report titled ‘Apa Lagi Cina Mahu?’ (What more do the Chinese want?) last week.
We will not be quiet RT”
@kuabt: Karpal: Charge ex-judge with sedition for Malay backlash warning to Chinese – http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/karpal-charge-ex-judge-with-sedition-for-malay-backlash-warning-to-chinese/
Karpal: Charge ex-judge with sedition for Malay backlash warning to Chinese
KUALA LUMPUR, May 12 — Karpal Singh urged the police today to cite Datuk Mohd Noor Abdullah for sedition, claiming the former Court of Appeal judge had used provocative language when he warned the Chinese of a Malay backlash for their alleged “betrayal” of Barisan Nasional (BN) in last Sunday’s polls.
The DAP chairman said he had been shocked by the remarks made by Mohd Noor, who was reportedly speaking at a forum titled “GE13 post-mortem: Muslim leadership and survival” this afternoon, organised by the UiTM Malaysia Alumni Association and Gabungan Melayu Semenanjung.
“There is no doubt Mohd Noor has used language which is extremely provocative. What he has said amounts to sedition.”
“I call upon the police to have the necessary report lodged against Mohd Noor with a view to his being charged for sedition,” Karpal said in a statement here.
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Expect a backlash from Malays’
According to a former appeals court judge, although Malays have a special position in the country, they only own about 20 percent of the economy.
KUALA LUMPUR: Malays need to be more aggressive to strengthen political and economic power in order not to be regarded as a weak race in their own country.
Former appeals court judge Mohd Noor Abdullah said Malay rights enshrined in the federal constitution must be defended and the Malay leadership does not have to be apologetic to the other races.
“Result of the 13th general election (GE13) and the ‘Chinese tsunami’ show that the Chinese have forgotten about the bond established 55 years ago.”
Mohd Noor said although the Malays have high tolerance, they hate betrayal and show of disrespect.
“Expect a backlash from the Malays,” he told participatnts at the GE13 Post Mortem: Muslim Leadership and Survival forum, organised by the Federation of Peninsula Malay Students (GPMS)and UiTM Alumni Association here today.
Efforts should be made to retain Malay political power and to increase Malay reserve land in urban areas and increase economic share to 67 percent in 10 years.
‘Utusan’ questions Chinese vote, claims ‘racist’ DAP lied
KUALA LUMPUR, May 12 — Utusan Malaysia has continued to question Chinese voters over their switch from Barisan Nasional (BN) to Pakatan Rakyat (PR) in last week’s polls, claiming that they had been cheated by DAP, which it labelled as the country’s “most racist party”.
The Umno-linked daily’s editors wrote today that most of the Chinese community had rejected BN in Election 2008 despite controlling the country’s economy and purportedly being the richest ethnic group in Malaysia.
“In the 13th GE, the Chinese community once again chose to trust DAP more, which plays up thick racial sentiments. The Chinese tsunami is larger this time,” the editors going by the name of Awang Selamat wrote in a weekly analysis carried in the paper’s weekend edition Mingguan Malaysia.
“As far as Awang knows, the Chinese are not easily fooled repeatedly.
“But why allow themselves to be cheated by DAP that is the most racist party,” the editors wrote.
They further claimed that the Chinese community appeared to be giving their blessings for the “extremism” displayed by DAP leaders, alleging that some Chinese employers had threatened their staff to support DAP.
It said that many Chinese businessmen, including those who had benefitted from government contracts, had allegedly funded the PR to bring about the fall of the BN government.
It went on to say that the Chinese community had supported “illegal” rallies protesting against the polls results, while saying that Chinese youths had followed the DAP leaders in throwing insults.
‘KILL THE CHINESE’: When a Chinese is used to provoke hatred from the Malays
Written by Dr Lim Teck Ghee
As part of its media onslaught on its Malay readership and aimed at provoking an extremist and emotional Malay response to the outcome of the recent elections, Utusan Malaysia has now found its academic champion.
In comments which were front-paged by the newspaper, Prof. Khoo Kay Kim was quoted as saying that the Chinese do not understand the importance of unity as their racial sentiments still burn strongly since the community first came to Malaya (see The Malaysian Insider, http://
According to Prof. Khoo, Chinese do not have the multiracial spirit that national leaders have always tried to push for.
“Many among them do not think of Malaysia as their own country; instead they always feel like they are being colonized ….That’s why their racial sentiments are still very strong.”
During another time and coming from another person, few people would have paid little attention to these comments which were provided without any evidence or substantiation.
……….The following are some initial questions for Prof Khoo to respond to: 1. What research have you recently conducted on Malaysian Chinese to make the assertion that “many among them do not think of Malaysia as their own country; instead they always feel like they are being colonized”. Please provide details of papers published arising from your research which explains the methodology (sampling; use of qualitative or quantitative methods, etc) and the findings. 2. What is your evidence that Malaysian Chinese do not understand the importance of unity and that their racial sentiments burn strongly? Are you citing findings from your own study or from other studies? Please clarify and provide references.3. How do you explain the term “multiracial spirit” and what research have you conducted to uncover that spirit whether in the Chinese, Malay or other communities that can be used as comparison.Finally, a charitable view of Prof. Khoo’s comments as printed by Utusan is that the paper may have edited his remarks or misquoted him. If so, he needs to come out with an explanation and clarification of what he said or meant at the interview and to get Utusan to publish the correct version.Otherwise, these foolish and ill-advised comments will only lead to the further demonization of all Chinese in the country.
I do not know what prompted the prime minister to make his remarks about Chinese newspapers. I can only guess, he was fatigued by the vigorous campaigning or under pressure that the MCA, the main Chinese component in the ruling coalition had suffered a disastrous outing.
COMMENT When questioned at a press conference about Utusan Malaysia’s highly strident front-page piece: ‘Apa lagi Cina mahu?’ (What else do the Chinese want?), newly-minted Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak retorted, “Ya lah, you blame Utusan, how about the Chinese papers?” and left in a huff. So do Chinese newspapers also resort to racism? I don’t think so. The facts speak for themselves.
Chinese newspapers have the highest per capital readership and it is not wrong to say many Chinese read more than one newspapers. There are more Chinese newspapers in the country than all newspapers in other languages combined. The largest weekday circulation newspaper in the country is a Chinese newspaper – Sin Chew Daily.
Chinese newspapers all have their own niche readership and compete against one another on the basis of their respective editorial offerings and not racism.
Essentially, Chinese newspapers are not owned by any political party nor are aligned to any. They do not survive on political handouts or patronage. They survive solely as commercial enterprises relying on reader loyalty and advertisements.
It is a phenomenon that only Chinese newspapers in Malaysia are proliferating. Even in a predominantly Chinese populace like Singapore, Chinese newspapers there have seen their better days.
In short, Chinese newspapers serve a useful purpose to the Chinese community. Racism is not part of their secret of success.
Chinese newspapers cater to Chinese interests and all things Chinese, among other things. Yes, they are as Chinese as can be. But by no stretch of imagination can this be tagged as racism.
BOB TEOH was formerly a senior court reporter. He authored the book ‘Allah – More Than A Word’ and was once secretary-general of the Jakarta-based Confederation of Asean Journalists.
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The newspaper emphasised the Chinese vote swing against BN, but steered clear of mentioning the Malay shift.
The newspaper also did not note the point that BN lost the overall popular vote count for both federal and state seats, depending largely on rural votes in smaller constituencies for its victory.
MCA, Gerakan men back Utusan, say Najib should be disappointed with Chinese
May 09, 2013
KUALA LUMPUR, May 9 — The tone of Umno-owned Utusan Malaysia’s post-election coverage continued today to be focused on blaming the Chinese community for Barisan Nasional’s poor showing.
Utusan Malaysia also maintained its defence of its incendiary front-page headline on Tuesday “Apa lagi Cina mahu? (What more do the Chinese want?)” by soliciting comments from Malay leaders to say the newspaper was not racist but merely championing the majority race of the country.
But Utusan Malaysia, a newspaper that has represented the right-wing forces aligned largely with Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, has been highlighting a Chinese-versus-Malay theory of the election results.
Today, the newspaper’s front-page headline was “Pengundi Cina jerat diri (Chinese voters trapping themselves)” and featured arguments from MCA and Gerakan leaders to suggest Chinese voters had scorned Najib’s overtures to the community.
“The prime minister has a right to be disappointed with Chinese voters… after he had worked so hard to win over the community through various programmes and aid,” Prof Dr Ho Khai Leong, the Chinese Studies Institute’s dean at the MCA’s Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman, told Utusan Malaysia.
Perak MCA secretary Datuk Tan Chin Meng said the rejection of BN by Chinese voters showed the community was still easily duped.
Gerakan’s deputy Perak chief Liew Yew Aw was quoted as saying that Chinese voters had trapped themselves and their future by voting for the opposition parties.
Wednesday, 08 May 2013 17:53
Utusan has committed sedition & Najib is PLAYING WITH FIRE – Kit Siang
DAP adviser Lim Kit Siang has warned Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak not to “play with fire” by making “race-baiting” statements targeted at the Chinese after the Sunday polls.
Kit Siang said that Najib is risking a repeat of the racial tension that emanated prior to the 1987 Operasi Lalang.
Although Kit Siang did not elaborate on the matter, in 1987 there had been an allegation, which Najib had denied, about waving a keris and a pledge to “bathe it with Chinese blood” plus a combination of other factors that caused racial tension with the Chinese community.
“Najib must ask himself, does he want to be a prime minister for all Malaysians?” Kit Siang asked.
Kit Siang said that whilst Najib might be making those statements to appease the Umno grassroots, the latter mustn’t lose sight of the 1Malaysia concept that he had espoused four years ago.
Kit Siang also urged all BN leaders, including the like of former premier Dr Mahathir Mohamad and former Malacca chief minister Ali Rustam, who had repeated Najib’s views of a “Chinese tsunami”, to criticise the Utusan Malaysia headline yesterday ‘Apa lagi Cina Mahu?’ just like their Umno colleague Saifuddin Abdullah.
Saifuddin, who lost the Temerloh parliamentary seat to PAS’ Nasrudin Hassan, said that he would not blame his defeat on any particular race.
Kit Siang said that contrary to Najib’s allegations, DAP had never given the impression that votes from the Chinese community alone can unseat BN from federal power.
|Harakahdaily,||07 May 2013|
May 7: Amid a string of racially charged statements coming out from UMNO’s side, PAS warned all parties especially media practitioners to avoid statements that can create uneasiness among the country’s various communities.
“No one should point to any community just because they are not happy with the results of the 13th General Election,” said party secretary-general Mustafa Ali today.
Mustafa urged the authorities to carry out their responsibility to protect society from racist provocations by irresponsible groups, saying these were being made to engineer racial conflict.
Mustafa said Malaysians of all races had rejected BN. Out of 11,256,147 votes cast last Sunday, Pakatan Rakyat has a 49.96 percent share while BN has 46.53 percent.
“Only irresponsible people will interpret this phenomenon of rejecting BN from a racial perspective,” he said.
Utusan blames DAP for paper’s offensive against Chinese
By Syed Jaymal Zahiid
May 08, 2013
In today’s edition, the Umno-owned Malay broadsheet carried several reports that sought to defend yesterday’s headline, citing Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s defence of the newspaper and his allegation that the Chinese had been swayed by the DAP’s purported Chinese-centric politics.
Utusan’s sister publication, Kosmo!, has also front-paged Najib’s accusation against the Chinese-based opposition party. Both Utusan and Kosmo! also highlighted former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s claim that BN had scored badly in Sunday’s polls because of a “Chinese tsunami”, a term analysts have dismissed as an attempt to shape the Election 2013 results as a Chinese-versus-Malay vote.
In a column by senior editor Zulkifli Bakar entitled “Siapa mula provokasi dahulu? (Who started the provocation first?)”, the writer claimed the DAP should be held responsible if chaos erupts, a statement that echoes past warnings of a possible repeat of the May 13, 1969 race riots.
“The DAP should not be evasive in this matter and attack Utusan Malaysia.
“And they must be ready to be responsible if the country erupts into chaos because it was them that started the extreme political provocation to influence the Chinese to reject BN,” he said.
The writer continued to say that Utusan had chosen the controversial headline yesterday in reaction to the alleged DAP attempt to incite anger among “other races” including the Malays.
We find this up to certain extend funny !
Cops investigating Utusan, two bloggers for sedition
KUALA LUMPUR, May 7 – The police are investigating Utusan Melayu for sedition, hours after the Umno-owned daily sparked a nationwide uproar with its incendiary front page report seen to blame the Chinese for the Barisan Nasional’s (BN) weaker score in Election 2013.
The police have also hauled in two bloggers, Papa Gomo and King Jason, for questioning.
Immediately after winning a simple majority late Sunday night, Najib blamed the ‘Chinese tsunami’ for BN’s poor showing.
Following the tone set by Najib, Umno-owned Utusan Malaysia today published a provocative headline, ‘Apa lagi Cina mahu’ (What else do the Chinese want), blaming the Chinese for being trapped in DAP’s supposed racial politics.
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Pakatan leaders warn Najib to stop stoking fire
Pakatan leader are saying that Najib is blaming the Chinese in order to cover up BN’s weaknesses, and their attempts to hijack the election.
PETALING JAYA: Pakatan Rakyat leaders came down hard on Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak for playing the race card to mask Barisan Nasional’s poor showing in the general election.
They said that Najib was totally wrong in blaming the Chinese community for BN’s losses on Sunday.
Leading the charge against Najib and Utusan was Pakatan Rakyat leader Anwar Ibrahim who said Najib should not be treating Malaysians like fools and idiots.
“Don’t think we can continue with the semi-authoritarian manner in treating people like fools and idiots. Don’t think the media should be treated like the manner Utusan is treating our people.
“They think the Malays are gullible and fools to consider all these politics about the Chinese, therefore you play this game,” he said today at a press conference in the PKR headquarters.
He added that Najib was playing this game to cover up the electoral fraud.
Penang Chief Minister and DAP secretary general, Lim Guan Eng, also lashed out at both Najib and Utusan for blaming the Chinese over BN’s loss of the popular votes to Pakatan.
“Najib is disrespectful to democracy by using the Chinese as scapegoats. He is resorting to racial politics to distract attention from BN’s worst electoral performance in history,” he said.
“Clearly Najib is repeating what Mahathir did in punishing the Chinese community when he had openly sought their endorsement and support in past general elections.
“If Najib follows what Mahathir has done in blaming the Chinese after elections, then Najib has shown that he just can not be trusted like Mahathir,” said Lim.
Former premier Dr Mahathir Mohamad said this today at a special press conference in Putrajaya to assess BN’s performance in the 13th polls.
Mahathir said the Chinese community has been taken in by DAP’s “propaganda” to topple a “corrupt Malay” government.
He also rejected the notion that the voting trend reflects the urban-rural divide in politics.
“Now urban extends to suburban areas as well. As a result, even Selangor has become a Chinese- majority state,” he said.
He repeated his stance that the DAP’s campaign was to make the Chinese community hate the Malay community.
#GE13 raised so many questions. One thing I’m sure: It’s easy to turn to racial answers, but wrong. Anyone pushing them wants to divide us
Anwar slams hypocritical Najib: Chinese tsunami contradicts nat’l reconciliation
Analysts have said data from voting trends showed that the outcome of Election 2013 was not simply the result of a “Chinese tsunami” as Najib has claimed, but a major swing in the urban and middle-class electorate that saw a widening of the urban-rural gap.
But Utusan Malaysia, a newspaper that has represented the right-wing forces aligned largely with former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, published several stories today blaming the C
Utusan inciting racial sentiments to hide GE13 fraud, says Anwar
UPDATED @ 02:02:58 PM 07-05-2013
PETALING JAYA, May 7 — Umno’s Utusan Malaysia is fomenting racial sentiments to cover up alleged vote rigging in Election 2013, PKR de facto leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim said today.
The Malay broadsheet front-paged the question “Apa lagi Cina mahu (What else do the Chinese want?) in what appeared to be an attempt to shape the results of the 13th general election, which saw Barisan Nasional’s (BN) worst-ever performance, by pitting Chinese votes vs Malay ones.
“The big mistake that an illegitimate government makes is to deceive people in the election and to whip up racial sentiments to cover up their misdeeds,” said Anwar at a packed press conference at the PKR headquarters here.
“When Datuk Seri Najib spoke of reconciliation, that I accept, but when he talked about a ‘Chinese tsunami’, that I reject,” he added, referring to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak.
I am appalled by Utusan’s cover page. I stand with all right thinking Malaysians against racial provocation! http://www.utusan.com.my/utusan/today/d20130507/images/muka_hadapan.jpg …
|Harakahdaily,||07 Mei 2013|
(Muka depan akhbar Umno, Utusan Malaysia hari ini)
KUALA LUMPUR: Muka depan Utusan Malaysia hari ini, ‘Apa lagi Cina mahu’ benar-benar menimbulkan kemarahan di kalangan rakyat Malaysia yang mahukan keharmonian kaum dan keamanan.
Bagi mereka Utusan yang dimiliki oleh Umno sudah melampau dan cuba menamkan sentimen perkauman di negara ini.
Ia bertentangan sama sekali dengan slogan yang dipamerkan BN semasa kempen pilihan raya lalu.
Ketua Umum PKR, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim meletakkan Datuk Seri Najib sebagai pihak yang bertanggungjwab dengan laporan ini.
“Mereka mengikut arahan Najib. Pertama kerana ia akhbar Umno.
“Kedua, saya tahu kerana semasa saya timbalan presiden Umno, presiden Umno memberikan arahan harian kepada Utusan,” kata Anwar semasa sidang media hari ini.
Laman sosial facebook hari ini penuh dengan keratan muka depan Utusan yang diedarkan dengan makian dan kemarahan dilontarkan kepadanya.
Semalam, Najib menyifatkan ‘tsunami Cina’ berlaku dalam pilihan raya ini yang juga memarahkan pelbagai pihak.
Profesor Dr Agus Yusof antara yang menolak andaian Najib ini.
Turut tidak senang adalah bekas Ketua Pengarang kumpulan NST, Datuk Kadir Jasin.
MIC’s Saravanan backs Utusan, says Chinese ungrateful – http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/mics-saravanan-backs-utusan-says-chinese-ungrateful/ …
MIC’s Saravanan backs Utusan, says Chinese ungrateful
KUALA LUMPUR, May 7 — MIC leader Datuk M. Saravanan has backed Utusan Malaysia’s attack on Chinese voters, calling them ungrateful for voting against the Barisan Nasional (BN) government which he said had served the community well.
The Tapah MP also suggested that the government not help Chinese voters who rejected the coalition in Sunday’s polls.
“I agree with the views of Datuk Seri Ali Rustam because even in my constituency, I have fulfilled my responsibility as MP well.
“I can’t find any reasons why they should reject me… I share his view,” Saravanan (picture) told reporters after attending a closed-door meeting between BN lawmakers and Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak at the PWTC here.
Ali, the former Malacca chief minister, was defeated in the contest for the Bukit Katil parliamentary seat in Sunday’s polls.
The Umno vice-president, who joined a list of big casualties in a polls battle that bloodied the ruling coalition’s nose, blamed the Chinese for his loss, calling them “ungrateful” for rejecting BN despite his contribution to the community when he was chief minister.
Najib Abdul Razak, as Umno chief, must take responsibility over party-owned Utusan Malaysia’s glaring headline in today’s publication, questioning “Apa lagi Cina mahu? (What more do the Chinese want?” and its subsequent article, says Anwar Ibrahim.
“They (Utusan) follows Najib’s instruction. First, it is an Umno newspaper.
“Second, I know this because when I was Umno deputy president, the Umno president could give daily instructions to Utusan (editorial),” he said during a press conference at PKR headquarters in Petaling Jaya today.
The Opposition Leader said despite Najib, who was yesterday sworn in as PM once more, contradicted his own vow for national reconciliation when he blamed BN’s poorer performance in this year’s polls on a “Chinese tsunami”.
Anwar said it is was unfortunate that Umno leaders continue to lend their “blessings and support” towards Utusan.
The headline today, which spanned across the daily’ front and back page in bold red letters, stoked the ire of many people from all racial groups, including Umno supreme council member Saifuddin Abdullah.
Utusan Malaysia’s front page headline today ‘Apa lagi Cina mahu?’ (What else do the Chinese want?) has stoked disapproval from many people, including Umno supreme council member Saifuddin Abdullah.
Saifuddin, who lost the contest for the Temerloh parliamentary seat on Sunday, tweeted: “I do not agree with the title, we must be smart in evaluating the 13th general election.
“I lost but I do not fault anybody.”
Netizens, including other Malays, are taking to Twitter to voice their disapproval of the front page headline.
The Umno-owned daily, in the article written by editor Zulkiflee Bakar, says the Chinese were caught in DAP’s racial politics and failed to overthrow the BN government that is led by Malays.
The report also says that while DAP won many seats, it was not satisfied as the party wanted to hold illegal protests.
It also says the opposition would hold a ‘Silent Walk’ protest at MidValley in Kuala Lumpur, Sunway Carnival Prai and Queensbay in Penang.
Many Malays, as well, have urged the suspension of the newspaper for carrying such a provocative headline, and they also want Najib and Umno Youth chief Khairy Jamaluddin to take action on the daily.
There have also been many others, Malays, Chinese and Indians, calling for a boycott of the paper.
Some also tweeted that Pakatan Rakyat received 51 percent of the popular votes in Sunday’s election, so how could this be attributed solely to the Chinese?
Between 10.30am and noon there were already 1,000 tweets condemning the Utusan front page report, and Netizens have created a hashtag #Apalagicinamahu
The headline toda