Umno, MCA, NATO after Perkasa insult

Jackson Ng, Retired Journalist

SO, THE Umno-linked Perkasa’s insult of giving away “white funeral ang pows” to the Chinese community during the Chinese Lunar Dragon Year has attracted the attention of our 1Malaysia Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak.

Finally, after two days of silence, Najib saw the seriousness of the stunt pulled by his Umno-linked Perkasa.

However, it was a terrible let down from the premier. All he said were:
1. The use of “white envelope” angpow had nothing to do with the Barisan Nasional (BN) federal government;
2. “I think that as long as we can have a better understanding of Chinese culture and promote sensitivity to cultural taboos, such controversial events can be avoided; and
3. “We all know that ang pow means a red envelope, dominated by red rather than other colours,” Najib said, adding that the incident can be used as a social experience.

Ibrahim “Perkasa” Ali’s stunt to insult the Chinese during the communnity’s Lunar Year celebration was deliberate, nothing short of mindless provocation aimed at worsening race relations.

If it was a stunt by a non-Malay aimed at the Malays during Hari Raya Aidil Fitri, will Najib still respond the same? All Najib is trying to do is to quell the Chinese community’s anger to save Ibrahim’s hide (skin is too polite a word to describe this animal).

And now, the MCA “adulterer” president’s son, Chua Tee Yong, also wants to pit in his meaningless and worthless say. All Tee Yong had to say in response to the insult which was co-sponsored by a MCA division and branch leader is: “Perkasa cannot be excused for giving out white ang pows at a Chinese New Year gathering on Sunday. Perkasa should have been aware. They should have learnt the practices of another race before organising such an event, so that they did not upset anyone.”

Tee Yong, who is also MCA Young Professionals Bureau chief, is displaying much “pride and professionalism” in taking care of the interest of the Chinese community and defending the insults from Ibrahim the past few months. He is doing it by showing his elders the way to bootlick Umno and its cronies. Like father, like son.

There were also quotes attributed to Tee Yong saying that Ibrahim must apologise to the Chinese community. That’s all? We are expected to accept and forget the incident.

If I use a hearse to deliver something to Tee Yong’s house or place a coffin in front of his house, can I just apologise and forget the incident?

Enough is enough. Ibrahim has been spewing racial and sensitive and seditious remarks against the non-Malays the past few months and getting away with it because Perkasa is backed by former premier Dr Mahathir Mohamad and BN-Umno.

What we want from Najib and MCA is action to be taken against Ibrahim and to stop the garbage coming from his mouth. We don’t want NATO (No Action Talk Only).

Anything short of punitive action and legal prosecution for public mischief or nuisance is to condone Ibrahim’s shameless behaviour as a Malay and Malaysian and he will continue to spew more venom to destroy unity among Malaysians.