Abdul Kadir should be replaced as 2003 National Day Celebrations organizing committee unless he withdraws and apologises for his totally unwarranted, gratuitous and offensive attack on the patriotism of Malaysian Chinese
by Lim Kit Siang
(Penang, Tuesday): The Minister for Culture, Arts and Tourism, Datuk Kadir bin Haji Sheikh Fadzir, should be replaced as the 2003 National Day Celebrations organizing committee chairman unless he withdraws and apologises for his totally unwarranted, gratuitous and offensive attack on the patriotism of the Malaysian Chinese.
It is most shocking that the love, loyalty and patriotism of the Malaysian Chinese for the country should be openly doubted and questioned by Abdul Kadir, who alleged yesterday that the Malaysian Chinese lack patriotism and are ungrateful, claiming as evidence the failure of his committee’s “Raise-the-Jalur-Gemilang” campaign among the Malaysian Chinese.
Abdul Kadir’s baseless attack on the patriotism of the Malaysian Chinese is unacceptable for three reasons:
It is sad that when the visiting German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder could yesterday suggest Malaysia acting as a bridge between civilizations, we have a Cabinet Minister questioning the basis for such a role by doubting the love, loyalty and patriotism of Malaysian Chinese to the country.
Is Abduk Kadir another example of the “First World Infrastructure, Third World Mentality” Malaysian malaise and the ugly Malaysian that had been so brilliantly dignosed by the Prime Minister-in-waiting, Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi in March?
The Cabinet next Wednesday should censure Abdul Kadir for his unwarranted, gratuitous, offensive and “ungrateful” attack on the patriotism of Malaysian Chinese, and demand his unconditional withdrawal of the statement and apology, failing which he should be replaced as Chairman of the 2003 National Day Celebrations organizing chairman as he has proved himself to be totally unsuitable for the task by importing a most divisive element into this year’s repeat of the National Day theme of “Keranamu Malaysia”.
It is not just MCA, Gerakan and SUPP Ministers of Chinese ethnic descent who should censure Abdul Kadir for his offensive and “ungrateful” statement, but all Cabinet Ministers regardless of race or political party, as this is an issue which concerns all Malaysians and not just one community in the country.
* Lim Kit Siang, DAP National Chairman