COMMENT: Adenan Satem, the chief minister of Sarawak, is an unsung hero, not just for Sarawak but for all of Malaysia. He has defied the Umno Baru puppet handlers, in Putrajaya, and forged ahead with his latest plan to make English an official language of Sarawak, in addition to Bahasa Malaysia.
As expected, the architects responsible for racial and religious division in Malaysia, came out of the woodwork to criticise Adenan.
Besides being attacked by Perkasa, one particular critic was the former minister for Information, Communications and Culture, Rais Yatim, who is the current Social and Cultural Affairs Adviser to the government.
Rais said, “Isn’t this a disintegration, or will it not cause a split in the society? So, in terms of nationhood, I am not in favour of the State government’s stand.”
Rais is being disingenuous. Whilst we have many distasteful memories of him, we do not remember his promotion of culture and national unity. What has Rais done for the Sarawakians, during his tenure as minister? Moreover, Rais has no say in the affairs of Sarawak and anyway, the chief minister knows that his people are behind him.
Rais also had the cheek to say that the move should have been debated, and a consensus of opinion reached, before being announced by Adenan, because ‘it involves the Federal Constitution’.
Since when do Federal ministers debate? Najib Razak, down to his most junior minister, are all fearful of performing dismally in debates.
In 2012, former Opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim challenged Najib, several times, to debate, but Najib refused, claiming that political debate was not part of the Malaysian culture.
If Khairy Jamaluddin had to fly to London, to have a debate with Rafizi Ramli, at a United Kingdom and Eire Council of Malaysian Students (UKEC) event, who is Rais to suddenly pretend that a debate was all important? Continue reading