Wednesday, September 3, 2008
Ahmad Ismail should apologise, not Najib
Why should the Deputy Prime Minister be apologising on behalf of Bukit Bendera Umno division chief Datuk Ahmad Ismail (left)? Nobody is seeking an apology from Najib Tun Razak but from Ahmad Ismail for his offensive remark. Ahmad Ismail alone should take responsibility for his action. If he is brave, or stupid enough, to call the Chinese "pendatang," then he should be man enough to make an apology. Why should this be so difficult for him? Worse, he has kept himself away from the media, refusing to respond to queries from reporters. By being evasive, he is letting the controversy drag on, which is not doing him or his party any good.
Ahmad Ismail should be a lesson for Umno, ahead of the general assembly at the end of the year, where the speakers sometimes get carried away with their rhetoric. There is little to gain for politicians who attempt to project themselves as champions of their communities. It should also be a reminder to bosses of television stations who sometimes forget their viewers comprise of Malaysians of all races. TV reporters and interviewers sometimes uses the term "orang kita" during interviews without realising, probably unintentionally and unknowingly, that it is not just politically incorrect but not proper.