Racist leaders harming the nation

Political Violence

Umno Baru continues to send a dangerous message, that the party and violence are inseparable

Jeswan Kaur, Free Malaysia Today

Brute force and Umno Baru Youth go hand in hand. From the days when Hishammuddin Hussein was the Youth chief, bullying and intimidating the non-Muslims became a ‘precedence’ and also the party’s penchant.

There is no end in sight. Umno Baru’s so-called young blood keeps preying on the minority communities, condemning them for attempts to question Article 153 of the Federal Constitution that protects Malay rights and privileges.

Back during Hishammuddin’s tenure as Youth chief, it was the Malay dagger or ‘keris’ that did the ‘talking’ at the Umno general assemblies.

The gangster-mentality that has long plagued Umno Baru shows no sign of expiring. And no-thanks to Umno Baru deputy president Muhyiddin Yassin’s ‘unreserved’ support, Umno Youth members who recently stormed the Penang state legislative assembly demanding DAP state assemblyman RSN Rayer apologise for uttering the word ‘Umno celaka’ are gloating with confidence.

Rayer (DAP-Seri Delima) used the word ‘celaka’ to vent his frustration when debating the motion of thanks at the state assembly last week.

The thuggery did not stop there. Armed with ‘blessings’ from ‘big daddy’ Muhyiddin, the Umno Baru Youth members proceeded to stage a protest outside DAP headquarters in Kuala Lumpur and threatened to burn down the building.

Muhyiddin, who is also deputy prime minister, when confronted about the gangster antics of Umno Baru Youth reacted biasly. He defended the mob saying that it was a ‘spontaneous reaction’ of those who wanted to defend the party’s honour.

A bunch of blood-thirsty men can go about creating havoc and terror and Muhyiddin is not the slightest worried. Why?

Umno Baru’s hounding of Rayer is nothing new. Similar hoodlum tactics were used by the party’s Youth wing on Feb 26, 2009 when 15 Selangor Umno Youth members invaded the Parliament building and blocked a disabled MP’s entry.

These mobsters were angry with the late Karpal Singh, then MP for Bukit Gelugor, who had labelled Umno Baru’s Youth as ‘celaka’ and accused it of sending him two live bullets via post.

Umno Youth then not only bullied a wheelchair-dependent Karpal. They also protested outside his law firm in Kuala Lumpur and planned similar antics outside Karpal’s house in Penang.

Unlike the fracas in Parliament where the police and security guard made no effort to help Karpal, the planned demonstration outside his residence in Penang was foiled after Karpal complained that the police did nothing to protect him.