"Cina Babi" And 8 Other Disturbingly Racist Remarks By Malaysian Politicians In 2015
1. Warning the Chinese community to not complain about their problems to outsiders, Deputy Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Minister Tajuddin Abdul Rahman said, "Nak kena lempang macam tu".
“I want to warn the Chinese Malaysians, don’t think when you have a problem, you want to complain, just a little bit also complain so that there will be people to protect them.
“Nak kena lempang macam itu (get a slap for that),” Tajuddin was quoted as saying by news portal Malaysiakini at a press conference after officiating an exhibition here.
The Umno supreme council member also called on the Chinese to stop “fantasizing” that external powers or a “Godfather” from China would defend them.
“When he said ‘protecting his people’, he doesn’t mean Chinese Malaysians. Why should he interfere? I would also get angry if he interfered.
Despite the fact that Tajuddin quickly denied making that statement, Malaysiakini uploaded a recording of the statement here.
2. "I want to tell this Chinese envoy that the ones disrupting peace lately are the ethnic Chinese, who provoke and insult Malays and their leaders. This rudeness has incited anger in the majority of Malays," said UMNO Youth exco member Arman Azha Abu Hanifah while speaking about the controversial Chinese ambassador's visit to Petaling Street.
Chinese ambassador Huang Huikang's sudden visit was scheduled on the day before a planned rally against the Petaling Street traders by the "red shirts" rally mouthpiece, UMNO Sungai Besar chief Jamal Md Yunos.
Huang, while visiting spoke strongly against racism and stressed that China will not stand by and watch if the Chinese communities' rights are trampled on in other countries.
In response to Huang's remark, an enraged Arman wanted the Chinese ambassador to make a public apology for his "unwise" remarks and stay out of Malaysia's domestic affairs.
3. Talking about how the Chinese community have China to go back to, Sungai Besar UMNO chief Jamal Md Yunos said that, “to the Malays, realise that Malaysia is ours. We need to take care of it and defend every inch of this land."
The Chinese community in this country has China to turn to for protection should something happen to them, claimed coalition of Malay non-governmental organisations (NGO) leader Datuk Jamal Md Yunus.
“They have their homeland in China’s mainland, and if anything happens to them, they still have somewhere to turn to.”
“To the Malays, realise that Malaysia is ours. We need to take care of it and defend every inch of this land. Get up and unite in the name of Malay and Islam,” Jamal said, adding that this was in order to defend the land from any threat and exploitation, be it obvious, or implied.
“This is the only thing left behind by our forefathers and ancestors which is priceless. So we have to take care of it as best we can,” he added.
4. According to Perkasa chief Ibrahim Ali, "the ethnic Chinese have skewed judgement because they mostly get the information from “distorted” sources."
Perkasa wants BN members to quit blaming others for the growing racial tension in the country.
Instead its president Ibrahim Ali wants BN component parties to go to the ground, especially the Chinese ground, to improve perception towards BN.
“The Chinese only got the news from ‘spun’ news, which create confusion, as well as one-sided information from the DAP and PKR leaders," he said after officiating the Selayang Perkasa Annual General Meeting today.
Malay-Chinese relations is strained following a slew of racially-charged statements by UMNO politicians against the Chinese community.
5. I am racist, declared UMNO Supreme Council Member Tan Sri Annuar Musa
“I am racist,” said UMNO Supreme Council member Tan Sri Annuar Musa, when trying to justify the racial overtones of today’s “red shirt” rally in Kuala Lumpur.
However, he stressed that his “racism was based on Islam”.
“I am racist but it’s racism based on Islam. Racism is allowed in Islam,” Annuar told reporters at the end of the rally at Padang Merbok, which he claimed attracted 250,000 people.
Annuar then quoted a hadith (a saying of the Prophet) on assobiyah (Arabic term for pride in one's tribe) which he interpreted as justifying racism.
6. "We are going down to Bukit Bintang, to send a clear message to the Chinese of DAP to not be ‘kurang ajar’ to the Malay race," informed UMNO man Jamal Md Yunos, while trying to justify the purpose of the "red shirts" rally.
The Red Shirts rally will go ahead come rain or shine as its participants are bent on sending a clear message to the Chinese of DAP to stop their “kurang ajar” (rude) ways of insulting the Malays.
At a press conference today, Sungai Besar UMNO division chief Jamal Md Yunos also “thanked” Bersih 4 rally-goers for opening the eyes of the Malays after the great disrespect they showed to the country’s Malay leaders when they brandished insulting slogans and messages.
He also pointed out that 90 per cent of Bersih 4 rally goers were made up of Chinese members of the community while those of other races who participated had been “brainwashed” by the Chinese of DAP.
“The yellow shirts worn by Bersih participants is also an insult to the royal institution,” he said as the colour of royalty was yellow.
7. "I see the Chinese, if the interests of their race are threatened, they will forget about their party interests," said former Malaysian premier Dr Mahathir Mohamad while reminding UMNO members the importance of putting Malay interests first.
Former premier Dr Mahathir Mohamad today urged Malays to emulate their Chinese counterparts in making their case against Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak.
Mahathir said Malays, like the Chinese, should transcend party lines when their interests are under threat.
"We need to think about our interests," added Mahathir.
8. Justifying the "Cina babi" comment hurled at a reporter during the "red shirts" rally, Jamal Yunos explained that, "for Malays to say 'babi' we are sensitive because 'babi' (pork) is forbidden but for the Chinese, it is their food, no problem."
According to a report by Malaysiakini, the Sungai Besar UMNO division chief said he never advocated the use of the phrase "Cina babi", and was merely claiming that Chinese people have no problems with pigs since they consumed pork.
"I never called anyone 'Cina babi'. What I said when I replied to a reporter's question is that I denied that I said 'Cina babi'. I only commented, ‘what problems do the Chinese have with pigs?’," he was quoted saying after a dinner function at Sekinchan, Selangor.
"For example, Malays have no problems with cows. It's just that if you said 'Melayu lembu' (Malay cows), we would sure get angry.
"It is the same with the Chinese. It's not 'Cina babi', it's just that the Chinese have no problems with pigs, as most Chinese eat pigs. That's what I meant," said Jamal.
9. "We are going to develop that floor as soon as possible and will give space to Malay traders specifically," informed Rural and Regional Development Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob about the Malays-only Low Yat 2 mall
Rural and Regional Development Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said that the proposed store, which he called Low Yat 2, would only allow Malay traders to set up shop.
"We are going to turn it into Low Yat 2 and we will gather as many major suppliers as possible in this building," Ismail was quoted telling reporters after attending Mara's Hari Raya open house in the capital city today.
But he said that while he aimed for "100% of the traders to be Malays", they had no choice but to be less strict when it came to suppliers.
Although these were not remarks made by local politicians, these racially charged posters that were circulating prior to the Himpunan Maruah Melayu that read, "Cina Turun Bersih, Sedialah Bermandi Darah", angered most Malaysians
DAP parliamentarian Anthony Loke said the flyers depicted a person in a Bersih T-shirt, made to look like a Chinese, about to be decapitated by a man holding a machete, who is depicted as a Malay warrior.
The words 'Cina turun Bersih, sedialah bermandi darah (Get ready to bathe in blood if the Chinese come for the Bersih rally) are printed on the posters.
2015 saw a great number of racist statements hurled at the local Chinese community, especially after the Bersih 4.0 rally that was held in late August: