A veteran of Machiavellian politics, Lim Kit Siang defended one of his DAP subordinates in an article entitled–
“Why has Najib condoned the Umno-inspired hysteria and gunning for Loke Siew Fook for insulting the Perak royalty and Islam when these allegations are completely groundless?”
It is not surprising at all because by now, almost everyone who are well versed with the racist approach of the opposition will recognise that whatever the opposition (including their bloggers) do, it cannot be criticised at all.
Moreover, the opposition in particular the DAP, is the party with the most frequent attempt to ask for an apology from everyone. You must apologise this, you must apologise that.
(Anwar Ibrahim meanwhile is trying to make it to the Guinness Book of World Records with the highest amount of lawsuits one man could attempt in his lifetime!)
Of course, as is the norm with conceited and self-centred people, they in turn have never apologised for any slander, wild accusations or public condemnation they had thrown to their political rivals. Ultra kiasu and bigots like them could never lower themselves to apologise to the people they consider beneath them. Right?
For instance, in the latest debacle involving Jeff Ooi and JIM recently, a blogger called Lawyer Kampung had put it rather aptly when dealing with these type of people. He said:
By the way YB Jeff, a retraction of the statement does not mean you are absolved from all possible blame in making such statement. You may not mean it but it does not take purpose and intention in a statement like that to offend the people, especially if you are a politician and a public figure. There is a secret in order to avoid situation like that in future, if I may say so, and it is call tact. But I know that you know that too YB, being a politician, the Chief of Staff of Penang state government and all.
To offer a bare denial together with (an oversimplify) statement retraction, not apologizing and further threatened to sue as if trying to sweep everything under the carpet in one desperate move, is not the level of finesse one would expect from a politician, a leader and public figure such as yourself in a delicate situation such as this. Forgive me YB for repeating, it is all about being tactful.
In other words, those who live in a glass house should not throw stones.
But they threw it again nevertheless!
Earlier, in one of my replies to a commentary concerning the death of Teoh Beng Hock, I stated something like this:-
All these are tactics used by the opposition to create instability. It is not surprising because as soon as TBH was discovered that fateful afternoon, all fingers pointed to MACC and most of the comments in Malaysia Today and other scurrilous websites brought out the racist tendencies in them and accused the Malays as killing the chinese. But when Berita Harian tried to point out the real issue and defended the MACC from all these vile racial attacks, BH in turn was labeled as racist by the opposition leaders and a few opportunists (like Art Harun) WITHOUT taking into account the underlying current in the blogosphere. It is ironic that when the opposition kept telling the people to boycott the mainstream media and read their own alternative media, they in turn READ the MSM on daily basis in order to throw opportunistic criticism but failed to monitor their own web media. That is pathetic.
Yes, throwing opportunistic criticisms is what the opposition (and their bloggers) are good at. Just look at what Lim Kit Siang had said recently. I took the liberty to copy paste parts of his article below. Lets look at his title first –
“Why has Najib condoned the Umno-inspired hysteria and gunning for Loke Siew Fook for insulting the Perak royalty and Islam when these allegations are completely groundless?”.
In the first place, it was Lim Kit Siang’s own colleague in Pakatan who had started criticising Loke Siew Fook. Zulkifli Noordin in his post called ‘Biadapnya Pemuda DAP’ had criticised Loke Siew Fook for wrongly condemning Dr Ridhuan Tee Abdullah.
The crux of the matter is, in any religion, a child born out of wedlock is frowned upon. This was the contention of Zulkifli and Dr Ridhuan. However, Loke Siew Fook was trying to gain political mileage by trying to be the champion in this issue. A racist opportunist will never let a chance get away, especially when it is about condemning anything about the Malays.
True enough, a Pakatan blogger by the name The Mighty Pen picked up Siew Fook’s article and condemned not only Dr Ridhuan but also Islam.
Note that The Mighty Pen with the address sjsandteam in wordpress was a high traffic blog which prior to its cowardly self-demise, was linked to most of the Pakatan Rakyat blogs. They cheered this particular blog everytime a vulgar article appears on it. That is why it could garner more than 4 million hits in about a year (some of the Pakatan Rakyat bloggers have deleted this blog from their blogroll list, but you know who you are).
The fact is Kit Siang, why are you and your Pakatan supporters condoned this type of scurrilous blog who had published a lot of vile articles and abusive accusations?
Hence, when Kit Siang said,
“What has the Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Razak joined in the Umno-inspired hysteria and gunning for DAPSY chief and MP for Rasah Loke Siew Fook for insulting the Perak royalty and Islam when these allegations are completely groundless?
This morning, Najib directed the relevant authorities to investigate Loke.
In directing the relevant authorities to investigate Loke without any background or preliminary check as to whether the DAPSY chief had make such grave allegations on his blog, and talking about offences under the Sedition Act, Najib is acting most irresponsibly as Prime Minister as he was in fact helping to fan the Umno-inspired hysteria that there is a systematic attack on Islam and the royalty”.
Obviously the Prime Minister is reacting to questions about people who had insulted Islam in blogs. In Utusan, Najib clearly had said that the blog which had insulted Islam will be investigated. He never said that Loke particularly had insulted the Perak Royalty and Islam.
People who are guilty know that they are guilty. That is why they are often afraid of shadows. Hence, they would go to great lengths just to sidestep the issue altogether. The real issue is, why hadn’t Kit Siang chastise The Mighty Pen and other bloggers of Pakatan Rakyat for being hysterical in attacking Islam and the royalty all this while?
Those who live in glass houses should never throw stones. That is why they opted to the same tactic stated by Lawyer Kampung above. And it is happening again!
Kit Siang further wrote:
Loke has today lodged a police report at Dang Wangi Police Station, Kuala Lumpur, denying unfounded allegations and lies spread by certain blogs and SMS that he had made scurrilous and seditious statements in his blog insulting Islam and the Perak royalty.
This is clearly part of the latest gameplan of a master strategy by Umno to tarnish the image of DAP and DAP leaders as anti-Malay and anti-Islam in a larger political conspiracy to break up and destroy Pakatan Rakyat.
Of course they will make a police report. After condemning Dr Ridhuan about something which Dr Ridhuan said was indeed true in all religion, Loke diverted the attention by saying that he is not responsible to the comments made in his blog. As a blogger, I believe it is your responsibility to moderate your commentary section from any vile attacks on sensitive subjects in Malaysia. But instead of apologising for this oversight, Kit Siang and Loke asked for an apology from the BN instead!
And what Umno gameplan are they talking about? It was Zulkifli Noordin who had highlighted the abuse first (we should thank him for that – or else, God knows what this Might Pen would have written in the future). All this pandemonium came from the opposition themselves.
It is you who had started belittling the royalty within your blogging community, it is you who had insulted Islam in the first place, you were the ones who are dealing with the crooks in the underworld (and admitted by your own people nevertheless), it is you who could not keep your promises etc, and now, you are blaming other people for your own folly?
Please do not blame other people when you are very much guilty of your own undoing.
But they still do not realise this. Kit Siang demanded arrogantly:
Now that Loke has openly denied the wild allegations, will Najib issue a public retraction of his directive to the relevant authorities to investigate Loke and censure the Umno leaders who had irresponsibly tried to gain political mileage from the lies, including Umno Ministers and Deputy Ministers like the Defence Minister, Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, Deputy Minister for International Trade and industry Datuk Mukhriz Mahathir and Perak Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Zambry Abdul Kadir?
These Umno Ministers and leaders must be very desperate of publicity that they have to jump on lies and falsehoods to get into the news in the Barisan Nasional-controlled mass media.
Are Ahmad Zahid, Mukhriz and Zambry going to be gentlemen enough to publicly apologise to Loke for making baseless imputations and allegations against him, even to the extent of demanding that Loke be detained under the Internal Security Act and be charged under the Sedition Act?
My dear Kit Siang, how about if you apologise to the people of Malaysia for condoning abusive and vulgar blogs that had impinged on the sensitivities of Malaysians. Mind you, not all Malaysians can stomach all this racist approach towards attaining power like you all are doing since half a decade ago.
When you are attacking everything Malay and Islam in the Pakatan blogosphere, do you expect the Malays to keep quiet? True enough, Umno with one of its party agenda of defending the Malays will naturally react defensively to such attacks.
Please do not act like an innocent victim everytime the Malays are defending their dignity against such insults in your blogs (this blog also has a fair share of disgusting comments which ridicule the Malays).
Of course, being delusional and self righteous are the trademarks of any Pakatan Rakyat people. They could not see beyond their bigoted views that they were the ones who made racism more pronounced. We can still remember how arrogant this people were when they did not accept Najib’s sincere apology over a remark made by a Penang Umno leader some time ago.
I have never heard anyone so pompous and contemptuous all my life. There was no element of humility at all.
Remember, when you demand an apology from other people, look into your backyard first. People do read what is written in your scurrilous blogosphere too. People do read books which are seditious in nature which had made a mockery of our race relations. You reap what you sow Kit Siang. Stop being dumbfounded about it.