Lim Kit Siang, Sep 03 2009
Datuk Seri Hishamuddin Hussein as Home Minister has done the
equivalent of wielding the keris at the Umno Youth General Assembly for
three consecutive years as Umno Youth leader which had been accepted by
Barisan Nasional leaders as a major factor in the political tsunami of
the March 8 general election last year!
Hindu’s garland Hishammuddin but he supports cow-head demo
It would appear that Hishammuddin is determined to make another
unforgettable contribution which would ensure that the uncompleted
political changes in the political tsunami of the March 8 general last
year could be fully accomplished in the next general elections.
usurped the roles of the Attorney-General and the police to defend and
justify last Friday’s cow-head demonstration in Shah Alam, totally insensitive to the insult and profanity of such an act of sacrilege to Hindus in the country.
It is sad and tragic that in his obsession to defend the Umno role in
the cow-head demonstration and to further the Umno/Barisan Nasional
agenda to weaken and topple the Pakatan Rakyat Selangor State
Government, Hishammuddin is oblivious that what he was discrediting
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s 1Malaysia motto by aggravating
the polarization of Malaysians along both race and religion lines.
This is because Hishammuddin is demonstrating that what we have in
Malaysia is not 1Malaysia but 2Malaysia – where there is one law for
Umno and their supporters and another law for the rest.
Would any Malaysian wonder what would have been Hishammuddin’s
reaction, based on his truculent and aggressive responses to peaceful
protests against arbitrary police arrests or for the repeal of the
Internal Security Act, if the act of sacrilege had been against Islam?
Hishammuddin is doing a great disservice to his portfolio as Home
Minister when he tried to champion those responsible for the cow-head
demonstration and made them into heroes when they had given Malaysia a
“black-eye” in international society with the adverse world media
reporting on the outrage.
Hishammuddin’s defence and championing of their cause will give Malaysia another international “black-eye”.
Can the Cabinet rein in Hishammuddin from another major blow to Najib’s five-month-old 1Malaysia policy?
Are the MCA factions of Ong and Chua, the MIC factions as well as
the Gerakan, capable of temporarily burying their hatchets to unite to
convene a Barisan Nasional Supreme Council meeting to deplore
Hishammuddin’s defence and justification of the cowhead demonstration
and to demand that Umno politics must not be allowed to intrude and
prevent the law from taking its rightful course or to discredit Najib’s