Not “pondan” again..Posted: May 28, 2009
I came across this article on The Nut Graph HERE. Excerpts:
“THE Barisan Nasional (BN) should change its name to Barisan Pondan (faggot)!” bellows Penang Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) chief Datuk Zahrain Mohamed Hashim to the 5,000-strong crowd in Jalan Berapit on 23 May 2009.
The audience applauds the Bayan Baru MP, and emboldened, he goes on to repeat this homophobic epithet three times in the campaigning for the Penanti by-election. “They are pondans because they are afraid to contest here in Penanti,” he says.
This is not the first time that I’m reading of Pakatan Rakyat politicians resorting to calling Barisan Nasional “pondan”. I wrote about one other incident HERE.
There is a need, I think, to stop this ‘culture’ of resorting to underhanded tactics of putting the ‘other side’ down. And this is doubly insulting because it also shows how insensitive and homophobic some politicians really are.
I honestly do not see a need to be calling Barisan Nasional ‘pondan’. It is, whether we like it or not, a very derogatory term used by conservatives to describe effiminate men. And by conservative, I mean the kind of people who don’t tolerate people who are simply sexually different.
I will not read too much into this. The article from the Nut Graph linked above did mention that other politicians from PKR have stood up to say that it was wrong of Zahrain to say what he did. I do hope, however, that they are not merely paying lip-service, and are truly looking into this seriously. We cannot afford to have politicians who go around calling people “pondan” every time there is a dispute or disagreement.
Homophobia, as with other kinds of discrimination, is nothing to laugh about.
Postscript: ‘Pondan’ does not translate into ‘coward’. If Zahrain thinks that that’s what he means, then he is implying that effiminate men are cowards. And that is homophobic.