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DAP assemblyman rapped for racially-tinged joke

Contributed by Anonymous on Tuesday, November 29 @ 06:58:32 CST

The Star, Nov 29 2011

IPOH: MIC is not laughing over an alleged joke made by Pantai Remis assemblyman Nga Kor Ming about Perak Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Zambry Abdul Kadir being a “black metal” person.

Perak MIC chairman Datuk S. Veerasingam said Nga’s comment not only smeared the image of the Mentri Besar, who has a dark complexion, but also insulted the similar-skinned Indians who felt the remark was tinged with racist overtones.


Nga, who is also Taiping MP, had allegedly made the remark during political rallies in Kamunting in September.

On Friday, Slim assemblyman Datuk Khusairi Abdul Talib raised the matter during the state assembly, saying Nga’s remark was insulting even to his party colleagues who were not fair-skinned.

A recording of a ceramah in which Nga made the remark has since been leaked online and is a hit among netizens.

In his defence, the state DAP secretary said he had used the word “black” within the context of the 1Black Perak slogan used by the party in reference to the swing of power to Barisan Nasional.

Veerasingam said that as a politician, Nga should stick to party policies and not be drawn into racial issues during his ceramah.

“What is so wrong about being black? Black is beautiful,” he said, adding that the opposition party had breached its own claims of standing beyond race and colour.

Veerasingam, who is special adviser to the Mentri Besar, said Nga’s remarks had hurt the feelings of Indians.

“He seems to have forgotten that it was the Indians who helped Pakatan in the 2008 general election,” he said.

Nga’s remark did not go down well with some of his party colleagues in the state assembly, too.

A representative who declined to be named said: “It shows his (Nga’s) mentality and true colours.”

He advised that Nga, as an assemblyman and MP, should not stoop so low just to garner votes.

He claimed that the first time Nga had used the term was during a dinner that was attended by professionals, adding it was an untimely move by the state DAP secretary when the party was moving away from its chauvinistic Chinese image.

Another DAP leader said Nga had – unknowingly or knowingly – belittled Indians with his comments.

“He must remember the Indian votes had contributed to the party’s win during the 2008 general election,” he said.

 
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