Previously, I have a good impression of Information Minister Ahmad Shabery Cheek. He has made some bold moves and right statements since his appointment. Live telecast of parliament proceedings is one of them.
But this young minister has done a reversal on his recent comment about pig farming when asked about Anwar Ibrahim's statement that many Sabah Barisan MPs were ready defect to the Opposition.
"It's not that I want to play up racial sentiments with regards to the pig farming issues. But is this the priority issue of the government led by PKR? Does it mean that the whole issue being spoken about by PKR on a clean government and transparency starts with a pig farming project?" he asked.
This, the young minister said may cause some PKR MPs crossing over to BN. If this happens, then we should cry for Malaysia because politicians still cannot get over their communal stereotype and dogma.
Pork is a source of protein to many non-muslims. It is food, nothing else. If pork is not halal and offending to muslims, they should not stop others from consuming it. Just like polygamy is wrong to many morally upright non-muslims, in particularly Christians, but none of them is going to stop a muslim from doing it. We learn to accommodate one another because we come from different value systems, partly due to our religious background.
But what make Ahmad Shabery think that the Pakatan Rakyat government should not help to establish cleaner, environmentally friendly and modern pig farms in Selangor. Isn't this what the people wanted, observe care for the environment?
Ahmad may claim that his statement is non-racist but the fact speaks otherwise. Stop playing it before you are labelled as an old school UMNO leader. For a moment, I thought there is a bright spark from this new Minister of Information but hell he sounds like the old one. Maybe not, maybe yes?!? It depends on what he says next.