COMMENT: Sometimes, people will tell you that they “almost fell off their chair” when they are shocked to see or hear something.
Of course, we know that this is an exaggeration, but I myself nearly fell off my chair upon reading a shocking news report by Malaysiakini.
According to the report, Deputy Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Minister Tajuddin Abdul Rahman has warned that he will “slap” the Chinese in Malaysia if they take their complaints outside of the country.
“I want to warn the Chinese Malaysians, don’t think when you have a problem, you want to complain, just a little bit also complain so that there will be people to protect them.”
“Nak kena lempang macam itu (get a slap for that),” he told a press conference after officiating an exhibition in Kuala Lumpur on Thursday.
“Chinese people in Malaysia, don’t fantasise that there will be a big boss coming, that there will be a Godfather coming from China to help them.
Tajuddin explained that the Chinese ambassador to Malaysia Huang Huikang’s recent visit to Petaling Street and comments was made just to protect tourists from China who visit Malaysia, and not addressed to Chinese Malaysians.
Can you believe that?
Is this an example of the “moderation” preached by Prime Minister Najib Razak to the world?
As a Deputy Minister, Tajuddin is an ambassador of the Najib-led administration.
Is this what we can expect from a member of Najib’s 1Malaysia, People’s First Government?
Threats of being slapped?
Later in the evening, The Rakyat Post reported that Tajuddin said the “lempang” bit of his speech was only in jest and that he was not threatening anyone.
“It was just a reminder to the Chinese in Malaysia that if they have a problem, they should solve it internally. Do not involve outsiders. Do not think of getting protection from outside,” he said. Continue reading