Burning Photos and Effigies of Politicians is Not Asian Culture

Hypocrisy Meter from theblogprof.

From The Star 2 Dec 2009:

MPs: Stepping on photos of people not Asian culture

KUALA LUMPUR: Members of Parliament from PKR have turned on their Pakatan Rakyat partners DAP, condemning their act of stepping on photographs of politicians. They also hit out at the act of burning photographs of politicians.

“This is not what Asian culture is all about. For the Malays, even when you touch someone’s head, it is considered rude, what more stepping on pictures of their faces,” said Bayan Baru MP Datuk Zahrain Mohd Hashim.

On Sunday, the Perak DAP an­­nual convention in Ipoh saw its members walking over a large poster of three elected representatives which was laid like a big doormat at the entrance of a hall.

DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng, however, avoided stepping on the poster which featured the images of former party comrade Hee Yit Foong; and former PKR members Mohd Osman Jailu and Jamaluddin Mohd Radzi.

On Monday, a poster of Lim was stepped on and burned during a demonstration by Penang Barisan Nasional Youth in George Town.

At the Parliament lobby yesterday, nine MPs from PKR including Zahrain held a press conference to condemn the behaviour.

“This is also a bad influence on the younger generation,’’ said Zah­rain, adding that the such and act was childish, uncivilised and reflected ill-breeding.

Tell that to these guys:

  • Gaza Under Siege: Malaysia condemns Israeli atrocities – The protesters, under the banner of Coalition of Malaysian NGOs Against Persecution of Palestinians (Complete) carried the effigies of US President George W. Bush and Israeli President Shimon Peres. The crowd, which earlier burnt some effigies and Israeli flags on their way to the embassy, did the same again after the handover. In Kota Baru, Kelantan Menteri Besar Datuk Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat launched a fund for the Gaza people, before setting alight posters of Bush and Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert.
  • Signs of a growing antiwar movement in Malaysia – On March 21, an antiwar protest of 7,000 took place in the northeastern state of Kelatan, where PAS controls the state government. Demonstrators burnt effigies of Bush and Blair and chanted “Destroy Bush” and “Long Live Islam”.

See? I don’t just point out UMNOpocrisy. I’m neutral, fair and objective about bashing ANY double-faced idiocy.

See also this letter complaining about burning of an effigy of a minister.

However, see also another ‘not so-and-so culture’ remark for comparison.

For the record, the warmongering, Iraqi-babykilling Bush the above guys are protesting saved 750,000 Iraqi lives with his evil imperialist invasion.

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6 Responses to “Burning Photos and Effigies of Politicians is Not Asian Culture”

  1. oneworldmaybenot Says:

    Aaah, but you see, burning effigies is not the same as stepping on photos…..that’ll be the dumbass argument. Wanna use tyrannical ways to stop debates, just say it’s Asian culture – end of argument….ala Lee Kuan Yew style

  2. Mad Bluebird Says:

    Burning a effegy of OBAMA now would that be consited racsist BY jessie jackasson?

  3. Adifferentview Says:

    Is there an Asian culture? Only if it suits people in power..

  4. Mad Bluebird Says:


  5. Adifferentview Says:

    In today’s Star (10/12/09), there is a photo of some men holding a poster of DAP leaders Lim Kit Siang, Lim Guan Eng and Nga Kor Meng depicted as cows….Some of them had been shouting “Do not hoodwing the Malays” earlier…Is that Asian?

  6. oneworldmaybenot Says:

    I fail to see how people in Mumbai, Seoul, Tokyo, Jakarta, KL , etc have a lot in common to generically call it Asian culture. Stop bastardizing the word Asian to shout down any dissent.

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