By Debra Chong
KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 23 — The recent caning of three Muslim women in Malaysia for illicit sex has bruised the idyllic image of a united, multi-ethnic and progressive nation in the world’s eyes, warned a senior federal lawmaker.
The DAP’s Lim Kit Siang, in a Chinese New Year speech, said the caning incident was the latest in a series of bad publicity “flooding Malaysia” since Datuk Seri Najib Razak became prime minister 10 months ago, which has severely undermined the country’s image and competitiveness worldwide.
“Before I came, I Googled the two words ‘malaysia caning’ and there were 257,000 search results.
“I next added another word, to Google the three words ‘malaysia muslim caning’, and the finds multiplied by 30 times to return 6.45 million results,” the tech-savvy Ipoh-Timur MP told well-wishers at his party’s Chinese New Year do in Ipoh last night.
“Malaysia cannot continue to be in adverse international spotlight if we are to restore our international competitiveness by regaining national and international confidence in good governance; the rule of law; a democratic, progressive and model multi-racial, multi-cultural and multi-religious modern nation to be ideal destination for FDIs, haven for tourists and hub for international students,” the veteran opposition leader stressed.
The 69-year-old father of Penang’s chief minister listed several incidents he claimed were cancelling Najib’s own efforts at cultivating his 1 Malaysia policy: the “Allah” dispute; the attacks on places of worship; the 5-0 Federal Court judgment upholding the power grab and topple of Datuk Seri Nizar Jamaluddin as the lawful Perak mentri besar; the mysterious death of DAP political aide Teoh Beng Hock; and a campaign painting his son, Guan Eng’s administration as anti-Malay and anti-Islam.
“The vicious campaign to falsely paint the Penang chief minister and Penang Pakatan Rakyat state government as anti-Malay and anti-Islam is indeed a great test for Guan Eng and the PR Penang State Government,” Lim said.
“But what is little realised is that it is an even greater test for Najib and the Barisan Nasional — Umno, MCA, Gerakan, MIC and the Sabah and Sarawak component parties — whether they are serious about the 1 Malaysia slogan and concept,” he stressed, pointing to Najib’s inability to rein in the negative elements and get his own men from Umno and Barisan Nasional (BN) to solidly back his 1 Malaysia policy.
What has that got to do with us ? You blockhead ? Please do not turn or make this " canning issue " into another issue for PERC to say that Malaysia is another Islamic fundamentalist country ? Why are you always opening Malaysia's backside for other Imperialist countries to fuck ? Same like the Anwar chap , always getting other to drop their pants ?
We have always talked about the Rule of Law , about the Federal Constitution , doesn't this fall under the Shariah laws and apply to Muslims in Malaysia only ? Why should you get us involved ? when the Monarchs are responsible for all Islamic matters in their States ? Are you Kit Siang trying to upsurb the powers of the Rajas and the Sultans on Muslim and Islamic matters ? or trying to make Malaysia Stupid in the eyes of the world ?
Until today you have not said a word about the RCI or inquest into the deaths of the six dragon boat rovers ? Conveniently forgotten or trying to create other issues to steer the rakyat away from the issue ? Common lah you moron , you have caused enough damage to this country already with all your consistent bullshitting on all the issues . Obsolete plane engines can be quoted as having worth RM$50 million ...