Najib Tun Razak. Sorry no cure.
The fact that he was present when Bukit Bendera UMNO chief Ahmad Ismail uttered those damning words to Malaysian Chinese during the Permatang Pauh by-election campaign period, and did nothing, makes him guilty by association.
The apology has come a little too late. Better late than never? But it had also meant that Najib had endorsed the statement by Ahmad. Najib represents UMNO.
His “sorry’ simply means nothing now.
What is the appropriate action that can be taken against Ahmad? That is what the UMNO supreme council intends to do now. The damage has been done.
But was Ahmad really wrong in saying that the Chinese in Malaysia were mere immigrants and thus are not entitled to equal rights?
He was echoing his exact thoughts, observations and beliefs while being a member of UMNO. He is at least not a hypocrite like MCA and Gerakan.
For many, under UMNO, the Malaysian Chinese felt exactly as if they were immigrants, being reminded constantly to ‘balik China’.
So I wonder why MCA and GERAKAN are still fretting about the issue, asking Ahmad to apologise?
MCA was in cohorts with UMNO for the last 51 years, kowtowing to all those racist policies. And saying nothing when the constituency they are supposed to defend gets treated badly.
If those Chinese based parties have suddenly awaken and “found enlightenment”, why not just jump over to PAKATAN RAKYAT, like their grassroots have already done?
Perhaps, there’s time yet to save themselves, restore somedignity in their parties, for their members, and who knows, in the process, save Malaysia, too.