PETALING JAYA: MCA has hit out at DAP adviser Lim Kit Siang for defending its member, “Superman” Hew Kuan Yau, who reportedly uttered “screw the Malays” while in Sarawak, and MIC has urged DAP to take stern action against Hew.
MCA Complaints and Public Service Bureau chairman Jason Teoh said Lim’s defence of Hew was unreasonable and gave the impression that DAP supported racist statements.
“Has Kit Siang lowered the definition of racism so that Hew can criticise the Malays as a race that is corrupt?” he asked in a statement yesterday.
He said DAP must answer why the party is justifying that only a Malay elected representative can “screw Malay politicians who are corrupt” and not Chinese politicians.
Teoh said Lim should resign and make way for a more courteous leader to take over.
“If such a statement was uttered by the Red Shirt leader Datuk Jamal Md Yunos or Mohd Ali Baharom (Ali Tinju), Kit Siang would have demanded that the Prime Minister steps down,” he added.
Yesterday, Lim, while conceding that Hew’s remark was “crude and vulgar”, noted that it was “not racist”.
The veteran DAP leader, however, slammed Hew for his choice of words, adding that the latter should rise above “gutter language”.
“The language which he used against the corrupt, regardless of race, is crude, vulgar and insensitive, which I do not approve of,” Lim said.
MIC Youth, meanwhile, has called on DAP’s disciplinary committee to sack the “uncouth” leader.
“This is not the first time he is shooting his mouth off. He spews racist, sexist and crude remarks,” said MIC Youth chief C. Sivarraajh.
“In the run-up to the Sarawak election, he did it again and in an appalling manner.
“They (DAP) are a multi-racial party just by name but they stoke racism in most of their speeches, particularly when speaking to a Chinese crowd,” he added.
Hew, who is known as “Superman” due to his penchant for wearing T-shirts with the “Superman” logo at DAP ceramah, allegedly played up race issues at an event in Batu Kitang during campaigning at the just-concluded Sarawak election.
In a video that is making its rounds on social media, Hew allegedly told the crowd in Mandarin to “screw the Malays” by voting DAP.
He has since claimed that his words were “twisted” by Umno cybertroopers and that he actually referred to the ruling party PBB, and not the Malays.