UMNO Bukit Bendera advisor Ahmad Ismail did the same thing - blame the reporters. Now, DPM Muhyiddin is using the same tactic.
Muhyiddin hit out at the Chinese papers for twisting his words and putting him in a bad light among the Chinese community.He was responding to reports in the Chinese media that he had said the Chinese community was ‘ungrateful' despite being given much assistance by the government.
The Chinese press played up his quote in an interview in Mingguan Malaysia in which he had apparently said that the Chinese were being ungrateful to the BN government.Muhyiddin also said that MCA president Ong Tee Keat had found nothing wrong with his statement in Mingguan Malaysia.
He also denied saying the Chinese were ungrateful in the interview."No, no (I didn't say ungrateful). Did you read my Bahasa (Malaysia)? Even (deputy education minister) Wee Ka Siong knows bahasa. If both Ong and Wee do not feel offended, it does not mean that others in the community feel the same way.
"In bahasa, I said 'seolah-olah tak menghargai' (‘They seemed to be unappreciative').
Muhyiddin should not have singled out the Chinese Malaysian voters. The fact that he took a racial perspective in his statement is wrong. Calling the community 'unappreciative' or 'ungrateful' is wrong. There is little which separates the two terms.
Instead of blaming the Chinese newspapers, he should have apologized for his insensitive remark. This is a mark of a good and responsible leader. In this case, Muhyiddin should be the last person entrusted with the PM's 1Malaysia agenda.