Monday, July 9, 2012
What a 'st&6g#d' question!
MCA President Chua Soi Lek said this when answering a question from a panellist on whether MCA was afraid of Umno until it could not point out any corruption in the BN coalition, at the second debate between him and DAP sec-gen Lim Guan Eng at the Sunway Pyramid Convention Centre, here, yesterday.
What a 'st&6g#d' question. It was equivalent to asking whether the Chinese were afraid of the Malays.
Tun Dr Mahathir was once asked the same question and he didn't answer it except looking at the reporter (from an English daily) and said: "Why should you ask me such a question... what's your motive?"
Yes, what's the motive? Was the question planted by the Opposition in order to create uneasiness among the Chinese and stir Umno-MCA relation?
I do criticise the government's policies and BN leaders but I will never go to the extent of jeopardising inter-race relation. Whether the Chinese are with MCA or DAP, such a question was irrelevant, especially during a period when racism is beginning to show its ugly face in Malaysia.
It was just like asking whether DAP was scared of PKR that it must support Anwar Ibrahim to become a prime minister, or if DAP was afraid of PAS' 'hudud' law.
Umno and MCA have enjoyed a close relationship which helped the government chart various development programs for the rakyat, irrespective of their political ideology. The Chinese in MCA are moderates, and so are some of them in DAP and other parties.
Its a fact that there are extreme minds among them, including some Malays in Umno but I would rather put a high value on inter-racial cooperation and understanding rather than allowing any form of prejudice to jitter it.
The person who asked Soi Lek the question is a good senior journalist whom I knew long time ago. A hard-working and dedicated one, so to say. I believe he got his reason for asking that question but as a friend, I beg to differ.
My stand point is clear - whether I am with the ruling party or not, I would not let the country crumble over unnecessary inter-racial doubt. The Opposition too, I believe, will not allow such things to befall the country. Its not easy to manage a broken big family...