PETALING JAYA: DAP’s absolute silence on Tun Mahathir Mohamad’s remarks on “balik Bugis” (go back to Bugis) is baffling and astounding, said MCA publicity spokesman Datuk Seri Ti Lian Ker (pix).
He said in the past DAP veteran Lim Kit Siang and his army of Red Bean cyber troopers would be quick to jump on any racist taunts or perceived racist statements particularly from any individuals associated or identifiable to Barisan Nasional.
“Is there another U-turn on DAP’s policy or stand against racism due to Tun M’s influences?
“Since Tun M has asked the Bugis to return to Bugis, is DAP now acceptable or tolerant towards racist statements asking the Chinese to ‘Balik Tongsan’ (go back to China).
“It is not that I am picking on Lim Kit Siang or Lim Guan Eng but at a time when both have been most critical of MCA for not stopping racist statements and taunts, it is indeed surprising to note that they have been absolutely silent and oblivious to Tun M’s racist taunts.
“Isn’t it obvious where these racist statements and taunts came or originated from?
“From the days of Tun M’s ultra-views enunciated in his book ‘The Malay Dilemma’ and after Tunku Abdul Rahman’s downfall, Tun M has been the main proponent and force behind the ‘ultra’ Malay movement,” Ti said.
He said Dr Mahathir’s racist taunts have incurred the displeasure of The Sultan of Johor and angered the Sultan of Selangor.
“No political leader should ever ask any Malaysian to ‘balik’ to their place of ethnic origin. This is a fundamental principle that DAP has now abandoned.
“Or has DAP endorsed such hate speech as allowable in Malaysia?” he said.
Ti said DAP has also been silent when PERKASA recently threatened to declare war if the government recognises the Unified Examination Certificate (UEC).
“The question now is why the double standard or hypocrisy? Why is DAP’s Lim Kit Siang , Lim Guan Eng, Teresa Kok, Hannah Yeoh etc keeping completely quiet when they are among the first to jump on any utterance of a racist nature - particularly against the Chinese.
“Is this another U-turn by DAP or have they softened their stand against racism now that the likes of Tun Mahathir and PERKASA (of which he was PATRON) are seen to be on the same page?” Ti said.
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