KUALA LUMPUR: PKR vice-president Nurul Izzah Anwar has slammed Annuar Musa over his proposed essay writing competition, labelling it as childish and uncalled for.
“This is unbecoming behaviour from a senior MP and former minister.
“No one should entertain this because we should be advocating for a greater degree of multicultural relations and stop the politics of hate and race,” she said to FMT when met after a forum at the Kuala Lumpur-Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall (KLSCAH) last night.
Yesterday, Annuar had intensified his public spat with Lim Kit Siang by offering a RM10,000 prize for an essay-writing competition to prove that the DAP parliamentary leader is racist, anti-Islam and a dictator.
The Umno information chief said the article must carry the title: “Adakah benar Lim Kit Siang seorang rasis, anti Islam dan 51 tahun diktator?” (Is it true that Lim Kit Siang is racist, anti-Islam and a 51-year-old dictator?).
The Ketereh MP had also asked for the essays to be submitted to his office at PWTC by May 30.
Nurul who is also the Lembah Pantai MP described the competition as nothing but merely a provocation from Umno.
“I see it as only an act of provocation from his side. He should be ashamed of himself as a senior MP and former minister for showcasing this example to Malaysians.”
Nurul expressed disappointment over the matter, pointing out that there are bigger problems to be addressed in the country at present.
“These include the bad economic situation and the country’s over reliance on petroleum.
“At present, there is a need for us to carve out a landscape that’s more optimistic and more inclusive for Malaysians.
“Instead, Annuar stands against any of that.”
Annuar’s decision to hold a competition comes days after Lim had labelled him the “father of all racists” and had dared the Kelantanese politician to sue him.
Last weekend, it was reported that Annuar had labeled Lim “a racist, anti-Islam and dictator” after officiating the assemblies for Umno’s Wanita, Youth and Puteri wings in Bagan Serai.
It had been previously reported that Annuar had directed similar labels at Lim during the Dewan Rakyat sitting, based on the Gelang Patah MP’s past actions.
This had prompted the Gelang Patah MP to challenge Annuar to repeat the statement outside the august House. – FMT