Najib’s non-apologyPosted: September 3, 2008
Susan Loone said: Sorry no cure.
Haris Ibrahim asked: Did he truly apologise?
Michelle says: ‘Twas not an apology, and should not be treated as one.
Let’s look at the whole picture. I’m posting here what Najib was quoted to have said, from the StarOnline:
“We hope that the non-Malays will not be too disturbed with the statement and we apologise if it has incurred the sensitivities or unhappiness over the statement.
“We apologise, Umno apologises although it is not our statement but it is a statement made by one of our division leaders. It is totally unwarranted and does not reflect the position and the attitude of Umno or the leadership of Umno. We regret it very much,”
“The statement is his personal statement and is not the stand of Umno and the Government. We do not regard Malaysian citizens of Chinese, Indian or other descent as ‘passengers’.
“They are Malaysian citizens who have full rights and we will definitely safeguard their interests and their dignity and I describe the statement as something that Umno and the Government very much regret,”
The StarOnline got their news from Bernama, so I’m guessing that there shouldn’t be any quotes taken out of context, or that his statement was skewed in any way.
Now, Najib says he “hopes” that the non-Malays will not be “too” disturbed. So, is “a little bit” okay with Najib?
Or wait, let’s rewind a bit. He said he hopes the NON-MALAYS won’t be too disturbed. So what if the Malays are disturbed? No? They won’t?
Right… Perhaps this is what UMNO thinks. They think that the Malays wouldn’t be “too disturbed”, simply because Ahmad specifically said that it is the Malaysian CHINESE that are immigrants, are “squatters”, and not the Malays. So for UMNO, Malays shouldn’t feel any “disturbance” whatsoever, because the “comment” was not targetted at them.
I’ll believe that when I see Haris Ibrahim saying “YES!” to Najib, which I know will be never.
Let’s take the rest of what Najib said. He said that what Ahmad said was a personal stand, and not UMNO’s stand. But UMNO apologises anyway because Ahmad is an UMNO division leader.
Najib said: “We regret it very much”.
Now, according to the people who were in Permatang Pauh that night, Najib was there when Ahmad made that “very regrettable statement”.
Najib said and did nothing that night.
And only after a whole WEEK has come to pass, and after so many people have made protests, and after a police report has been made, THEN UMNO comes to “regret” what was being said that night.
I’m sorry, Najib. I can’t see where the “regret” part comes in.
Then comes the final part of Najib’s statement:
They are Malaysian citizens who have full rights and we will definitely safeguard their interests and their dignity
I beg your pardon. Say WHAT?
Who are “they”, and who are “we” here?
It can be “we” the government, “they” the rakyat.
Or it could be “we” the Malays, “they” the non-Malays.
Or also “we” UMNO, “they” non-UMNO.
Whatever and whoever the “they” and “we” are in this statement, it just all boils down to the very core of what Malaysian politics has become today. A divide so clear that Najib can’t even say, after a week’s time to ponder over this “apology”:
We are all Malaysian citizens who have full rights and all of our interests and dignity are safeguarded under the Constitution.
And reading what the ‘local Chinese leaders‘ have to say in response to Najib’s “apology” is just something I’d shake my head at. They all took it hook, line and sinker.