Sunday, June 24, 2012

Slighting of Chinese as Pendatang should have been rebuked earlier on, why only now?

1. All the while when Perkasa's Ibrahim Ali, Utusan Malaysia, and BN civil officers slighted Chinese and Indians as "Pendatang" (People from foreign lands), we never heard PM Najib voice out anything. So he cannot blame people's mind flooding with such a logic: Silence is consent.

2. Najib has hit the wrong note. Instead of asking the Chinese to ignore the criticism, he should have rebuked those racists who slighted the Chinese and Indians. Those people were real enemies of PM's 1Malaysia national tagline. 

3. Why only now does Najib say such a thing? That means if such a dialogue did not take place, plus if such a question has never been asked, would he take initiative to assure all minority races that everyone would be treated fairly in this country?
June 24, 2012
Najib urged the Chinese not to take the “pendatang” slur too personally. — File pic

KUALA LUMPUR, June 24 — Malaysian Chinese are not “pendatang (immigrants)” and those who labelled the community as such were “lunatics”, Datuk Seri Najib Razak said today in an apparent attempt to court the group.
The prime minister said this in reply to a comment by a participant in a dialogue session with Chinese youths today, where it was noted that not all government leaders had followed Najib’s 1 Malaysia policy, with some calling the Chinese “pendatang”.
“What’s important is that Malaysia’s leaders do not consider Malaysians as pendatang,” Najib said.
“Even in Malaysia, we have one or two lunatics; don’t take it too personally,” he said, referring to those who had hurled the word against the Chinese.
He also assured the crowd that studying in Chinese schools does not make them less Malaysian.
Najib’s approval rating experienced a marked decline among Indian and Chinese voters just weeks after the tumultuous Bersih 3.0 rally, a recent Merdeka Center survey has shown.
The poll found that Chinese support for the PM had dropped 19 points from 56 per cent in February. Only 37 per cent from this segment polled now supported Najib — the lowest of the country’s various racial groupings.
Despite the continued rebuff, Najib has continued efforts to woo the community in the build-up to what is expected to be the most hotly contested general election in the country’s history.
He has, however, conceded that it will be a “gargantuan task” to regain Chinese support for Barisan Nasional.

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