From The Star 15 Oct 2009:
Umno is not racist: Najib
KUALA LUMPUR: Umno president Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak has warned political parties to not simply accuse Umno of being racist.
Najib said parties which accused Umno of being racist should look at themselves and the reality of the racial composition in their own parties and check if it truly reflected the openess they have been espousing.
“If the Malays are truly racist as alleged, we would not have accepted the cultures of other ethnic groups which are being practised here.
“We would also not have allowed vernacular schools to be established and it would have been impossible to cooperate closely with other component parties within the Barisan Nasional over the decades,” he said in his maiden presidential address at the party’s 60th annual general assembly here on Thursday.
Najib warned those making such accusations not be so arrogant as to claim that they were multiracial parties which practised moral purity and intellectual sincerity.
Reflecting on the May 13, 1969 tragedy, Najib said Umno leaders would have chosen not to continue with democracy which had been suspended and would have instead set up a single-party government or supported a military coup d’etat.
“However, that never took place,” he said.
He said the fact that Umno had worked hard to restore democracy within 18 months from that incident clearly showed that it was not power crazy and was far from being a racist party.
Najib said the true meaning of racism would be like apartheid practised by South Africa in the past.
Even in the United States, he said blatant racism was the norm until the mid-1960s where schools, washrooms and even sitting arrangements in restaurants and buses were segregated.
“In Malaysia, the situation is different as the Malays are inclusive in nature. It is obvious that if the Malays were racist, they would not have allowed Malacca to be a prosperous entreport in the 15th century,” he added.
Um, hello… United Malays National Organization?
Committed to being protector and champion of ketuanan Melayu?
In fact, didn’t Najib himself recently condemn UMNO, MCA and MIC as ‘ethnic prisons’?
And as for the much ballyhooed South African apartheid:
Above from Malaysian Politics Motivational Posters