Hypocrisy Meter from theblogprof.
In response to the Bersih Rally, Malaysian Deputy Prime Minister said to The Star that ‘Malaysians should not go to the streets to voice their dissent, as street demonstrations were not part of Malaysian culture’.
From The Star 12 Nov 2007:
Soooooo… Okay. According to the second highest authority in the current Malaysian leadership, ‘Street demonstrations are not part of Malaysian culture’.
Then what do you call this:
Begging for SPCA donations? Advertising for Maxis? (Since Digi-man is yellow and therefore must be supporting Bersih. See bottom of my Bersih Rally post.)
The very un-Malaysian street demonstrations against the Malayan Union were what gave birth to the Federation of Malaya to replace it, and the Federation was later succeeded by Malaysia.
So perhaps Najib can be said to be correct – Street demonstrations are NOT part of Malaysian culture.
Instead it’s the other way around, Malaysian culture IS PART OF street demonstrations, since the street demonstrations against the Malayan Union gave birth to Malaysian culture!
By the reasoning of the Deputy PM, the protests against the Malayan Union were also therefore ‘not part of Malaysian culture’.
Zainuddin would then have added that the UMNO marchers opposing the British should have been broken up with tear gas and water cannon, and the movement smeared as illegal and unsupported by the people in the then Jawi-language-only Utusan Melayu. (See video links in my Bersih Rally post.)
As a result, Malay special rights would not have been preserved. Go on Najib, I dare you: Denounce the anti-Malayan Union demonstrators as traitors to ‘Malaysian culture’. I can tell you that it won’t be Chinese blood soaking your keris after the UMNO gang-bangers catch up with you.
Above is Poster #4 from Malaysian Politics Motivational Posters
Tags: 2007 Bersih Rally, democracy, Government Enslaved Media (GEM), Malayan Union, Malaysia, Malaysia chemical water cannon, Malaysia police violence, Malaysia tear gas, Malaysiakini, media bias, Najib Tun Razak, Opposition politics in Malaysia, peaceful protest, people power, street demonstrations not Malaysian culture