Some leaders of the BN component parties were upset with the mood and statements made by the UMNO delegates at the party's general assembly last week. Some of the delegates openly blamed the Chinese community for the failure and weaknesses of their own community.
Some even wanted the UMNO leadership to take aggressive and oppressive measures to silence the Chinese community. These statements, according to Khairy Jamalluddin, were fiery speeches but with no fire.
The UMNO strongman said other BN component parties should be able to accept these statements and maintain the spirit of BN. Do they have a choice of not accepting the situation?
Will UMNO be able to do the same in the event that we blame the Malay community for marginalising the rest?
Dr Mahathir's son got to know the answer the hard way. He was asked to apologize to Abdullah for his mild criticism of the UMNO president's speech.
But as usual, the leaders of Gerakan, MCA and MIC had to grasp the last straw as a face saving measure. They were relief that Abdullah's winding up speech was his commitment to speak for all Malaysians. A double speak at best. But it was enough for many of the leaders to lavish praises on his speech. This group of leaders are so easy to please.
But many New Malaysians are angry. Many like me are determined to let our displeasure show at the ballot box!
SAY NO TO RACISM!