From The Star 2 Nov 09:
Najib: Disregard racist remarks from certain leaders
KUALA LUMPUR: Racist comments from “one or two Umno leaders” should be ignored because the majority of members in the party are not racists, said Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.
The Umno president stressed that the party’s policies had always been fair, inclusive, democratic and open.
“Umno is not a racist party. From the beginning, we wanted a multiracial society. Don’t listen to one or two leaders talk; that’s different. Any party has leaders like them. But look at our policies from Day One,” he said at the opening of the Gerakan national delegates conference yesterday.
Umno, he said, derived its strength from the country’s racial diversity.
“That’s our uniqueness. We can celebrate our diversity,” he added.
This, he said, gave Malaysia a strategic advantage in developing diplomatic and economic ties with countries such as China, India and those in the Middle East and Asean.
And if UMNO is not a ‘racist party’, then where do its title of ‘United National Malays Organization’ and focus on championing Malay supremacy fit it?
And while we’re on the subject of UMNO deriving ‘its strength from the country’s racial diversity’, can anybody tell me exactly how many non-Malay members there are in the party? Doesn’t PM Najib mean Barisan Nasional deriving strength from racial diversity? (Or perhaps, trick question: BN is basically UMNO and various lackey hangers on, so no practical difference between BN and UMNO!)
Serious, Mr. Najib… Quit trying to hammer home the ‘fact’ that UMNO is not race based. At least until you guys even bother to change the name and vision of the party! The more you try to spin it, the more nauseous we feel.