How Can Tan Sri Muhyiddin Threats’s Of Another May 13 Incident Be Merely A Reminder? (En/Cn)

Press Statement by DAP Secretary-General and MP for Bagan Lim Guan Eng in Kuala Lumpur on 8 July 2014

How Can Tan Sri Muhyiddin Threats’s Of Another May 13 Incident Be Merely A Reminder When He Assigns Blame Only To Non-Malays And Non-Muslims By Stating That Muslims And Malays Continue To Be Insulted?

The nation was first shocked by Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin’s threats that Malaysia could see another bloody May 13 incident if no efforts were made to preserve inter-ethnic harmony, especially when Malays and Muslims continue to be insulted. The nation was shocked a second time when UMNO leaders, MCA President Liow Tiong Lai and Gerakan President Mah Siew Keong tried to whitewash Muhyiddin’s threats by callously and casually dismissing it as merely a reminder.

How can Tan Sri Muhyiddin threats’s of another May 13 incident be merely a reminder when he assigns blame only to non-Malays and non-Muslims by stating that Muslims and Malays continue to be insulted? Muhyiddin’s threats can only be considered a reminder if he does not single out any group or community. However, by identifying Muslims and Malays as the injured party by being continually insulted, Muhyiddin is clearly making a threat.

By implication, Muhyiddin is first dehumanizing non-Muslim and non-Malays because Muslims and Malays continue to be insulted as well as absolving BN from blame if there is to be death and violence in any future May 13 riots. Such inflammatory remarks by a Deputy Prime Minister is not only irresponsible but has only encouraged and empowered racist, extremist and right-wing hate groups like Perkasa and Isma.

Clearly Muhyiddin is only qualified to be a Deputy Prime Minister for bigots and extremists and not for all Malaysians – Malays, Indians, Chinese, Ibans and Kadazans, especially when Muhyiddin had earlier renounced Prime Minster Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak’s now discredited propaganda of 1 Malaysia by stressing that he is a Malay first and a Malaysian second.

UMNO leaders defending their Deputy Prime Minister, who can not show proof where is the provocation by non-Malay or non-Muslim groups against Malays and Muslims, is not surprising for such a racist party. However for Gerakan and MCA President to blindly defend the Deputy Prime Minister for such racist threats show that they are Ah Qs who value their Ministerial perks and privileges more than principles of truth, justice and human dignity.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak had advised the non-Muslim and non-Malay community not to take seriously the racist and extremist remarks made by UMNO leaders because these are individual views and not representative of UMNO. Only statements made by UMNO President, Deputy President and Ministers represent UMNO. Here are remarks made both by Najib and Muhyiddin.

If that is the case, why does Najib appears to be endorsing the terrorist and murderous organization of Islamic State of Iraq and Levant(ISIL) by asking UMNO members to emulate the courage of ISIL fighters. To-date Najib has still not withdrawsn such remarks for UMNO members to have the courage of ISIL fighters known for suicide bombings that kill innocent civilians and children.

Similarly Muhyidin by singling out Malays and Muslims as being under threat because they continue to be insulted, non-Malays and non-Muslims are being unjustly blamed when they are the victims of the racist threats and provocations by small extremist groups like Perkasa and Isma. Both Liow Tiong Lai and Mah Siew Keong have nowhere to hide from their continued defence of an UMNO that is intolerant and disrespectful of non-Muslims and non-Malays.

The real threats to Malaysia is hunger, poverty, ignorance, corruption, cronyism, abuse of power, rising price and denying equal economic, employment and educational opportunities to ordinary Malaysians without political connections. UMNO and BN is willing to haunt Malaysia by putting national unity and harmony and risk by using the bogey of racism and extremism to maintain their grip on power.

LIM GUAN ENG

民主行动党秘书长兼峇眼区国会议员林冠英于2014年7月8日在吉隆坡发表文告:

丹斯里慕尤丁怎能把“重演513事件”纯粹当成对大家的提醒?而且,他怎么可以把矛头对准非巫裔及非穆斯林,指他们凌辱了穆斯林及巫裔?

针对副首相丹斯里慕尤丁指出,若不致力维护国内和谐,特别是确保巫裔及穆斯林不再被凌辱的话,马来西亚可能会“重演513”一事,举国皆对其言论感到震惊万分。短期内,这已是国人第二次对巫统领袖的言论深感震惊,但,马华总会长廖中莱及民政主席马袖强却尝试漂白慕尤丁的不当言论,企图把它转换成为一项“提醒”。

丹斯里慕尤丁怎能把“重演513事件”纯粹当成对大家的提醒?而且,他怎么可以把矛头对准非巫裔及非穆斯林,指穆斯林及巫裔遭受凌辱?要把慕尤丁的这个“恐吓”当成“提醒”,除非他并没有指名道姓,点出任何一个群体。无论如何,他已阐明穆斯林及巫裔长期受到凌辱,是受到伤害的一群,他显然正对另外一方做出恐吓。

慕尤丁首先以穆斯林及巫裔遭到迫害为由,把非穆斯林及非巫裔群体去人性化,将来要是发生类似513的暴乱而造成死伤时,国阵就有理由脱罪。副首相发表如此煽动性的言论,不止不负责任,也鼓励了种族主义者、极端主义者,以及右翼组织如土权及穆斯林连线更肆无忌惮地散播仇恨。

显然的,慕尤丁并不是全民的副首相,他不是马来人、印度人、华人、伊班人、卡达山人等众人的领袖,他只是盲信者及极端主义者的副首相而已。 慕尤丁较早前也背弃了首相拿督斯里纳吉所倡议的“一个马来西亚”宣传,他扬言,对他来说,他是马来人优先,再来才是马来西亚人。

巫统诸公群起为副首相澄清,但却无法举证非巫裔及非穆斯林群体在哪里对巫裔及穆斯林不敬了?像巫统这样种族主义的政党发表如此言论并不稀奇,然而,民政党主席及马华总会长盲目地捍卫副首相如此种族主义式的恐吓,只是显示出他们的阿Q本质,在他们,官位及权益比原则、真相、公义和人类尊严来得更加重要。

首相拿督斯里纳吉曾规劝非穆斯林及非巫裔社群不要太在意部分巫统领袖发表的种族极端主义言论,因为这只是个别领袖的看法,不能代表巫统。纳吉及慕尤丁皆曾表示,唯有巫统主席、副主席及部长们发表的言论,能够代表巫统。

如果是这样的话,为何纳吉可以呼吁巫统党员仿效恐怖组织战士的勇气,公然支持这个奉恐怖主义为圭臬、进行屠杀的伊拉克和黎凡特伊斯兰国(ISIL)组织?截至目前为止,纳吉尚未撤回其言论,此等言论等同要求巫统党员要学习ISIL战士当自杀炸弹客的勇气,尽管后者曾杀害了许多无辜的市民与孩子。

慕尤丁指出,马来人及穆斯林已遭受威胁,因为持续地被凌辱。然而,被错怪的非巫裔及非穆斯林,事实上,他们正是少数的种族主义者如土权及穆斯林连线组织,多番恐吓及煽动下的受害者。面对这样的问题,廖中莱及马袖强责无旁贷,因为一直以来,都是他们持续为巫统这个不懂包容、不尊重非穆斯林及非巫裔的政党涂脂抹粉。

真正威胁马来西亚的,是饥饿、贫穷、愚昧、贪污、朋党主义、滥权、百物腾涨,并且拒绝提供平等的经济、就业及受教机会权予所有欠缺“关系”的马来西亚平民百姓。巫统及国阵为求保住政权,不惜利用种族主义和极端主义的冤魂,典当了我国的统一与和谐,才是真正的罪魁祸首。

林冠英

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