Of Taiwan and UtusanPosted: October 15, 2008
I swear, if I hear the word “Taiwan” in Parliament again, I’ll hit the person physically closest to me.
I mean, yeah, the study-trip to Taiwan was silly. The need to ship off 40+ MPs to Taiwan to ‘learn about agriculture’ (apparently they learnt much more than that) was something I couldn’t put reason to.
But definitely the chase by several PKR members was even more beyond comprehension.
But please-lah. Can we just leave it already? For the 3 days that I’ve been following the Parliament sessions, I’ve heard them talk about the Taiwan trip like as if that is the most important thing in Parliament that they can think of to talk about.
Lim Kit Siang brought up something about Utusan Malaysia which I decided to check out. He was, of course, talking about the lawsuit that Teresa Kok has filed against Utusan Malaysia, and about the short story that has clear indications of exactly who and what the writer intends it to be. Read the story at Kit Siang’s blog HERE.
According to Kit Siang, Utusan has now added to their list, a Deputy Minister, Tan Lian Hoe. If I’m not mistaken, THIS is probably what he meant:
KUALA LUMPUR 14 Okt. – Ketua Wanita Gerakan, Datuk Tan Lian Hoe tidak wajar membangkitkan kemarahan orang Melayu dengan menyamakan asal usul orang Melayu dengan asal usul setiap kaum di negara ini, kata Menteri Pengajian Tinggi, Datuk Khaled Nordin.
Leader of Wanita Gerakan, Datuk Tan Lian Hoe should not raise the anger of the Malays by equating the roots of the Malays with the roots of every other race in this country, said the Minister of Higher Education, Datuk Khaled Nordin.
Beliau berkata, sebagai seorang timbalan menteri dan pemimpin parti dalam Barisan Nasional (BN), sewajarnya Lian Hoe faham dan menghormati parti komponen lain terutama UMNO.
He said, as a deputy minister and a party leader in Barisan Nasional (BN), Lian Hoe should understand and respect the other component parties, especially UMNO.
“Jangan rosakkan hubungan antara kaum yang telah terbina, isu ini sepatutnya tidak ditimbulkan,” tegas beliau pada sidang akhbar selepas majlis hari raya Yayasan Pendidikan Cheras dan Kolej Teknologi Yayasan Pendidikan Cheras di sini hari ini.
“Don’t destroy the relationship between races that has been built, this issue should not be brought up,” he said at a press conference after the Hari Raya event by Yayasan Pendidikan Cheras and Kolej Teknologi Yayasan Pendidikan Cheras here today.
Turut hadir ialah Ketua UMNO Bahagian Cheras, Datuk Syed Ali Alhabshee dan Ketua UMNO Bahagian Batu Pahat, Datuk Dr. Mohd. Fuad Zarkashi.
Also present were Leader of UMNO Cheras Datuk Syed Ali Alhadshee and Leader of UMNO Batu Pahat Datuk Dr. Mohd. Fuad Zarkashi.
Lian Hoe pada persidangan Gerakan Jumaat lalu memberi peringatan supaya semua pihak tidak melupakan sejarah selain menyamakan asal usul setiap kaum di negara ini.
Lian Hoe, at a Gerakan conference last Friday made a reminder that everyuone should not forget about history and at the same time put the roots of all races in this country at the same level.
Beliau dipetik sebagai berkata: “Orang Melayu datang dari kepulauan Melayu di Nusantara. Orang Cina dari negara China. Orang India dari negara India.”
She was quoted to have said: “The Malays came from kepulauan Melayu (the Malay islands?) in Nusantara, the Chinese from China and the Indians from Inda.”
A parallel, I believe, can be drawn here. I have nothing to add.
For more of the same, read this second opinion piece, also from Utusan, HERE.