PM Najib Razak’s special officer Nasir Safar will tender his resignation after allegedly saying “Indians came to Malaysia as beggars and Chinese especially the women came to sell their bodies” at a 1 Malaysia seminar in Malacca.
It is not difficult to understand why those who attended the forum were disgusted by Nasir's allegations. His allegations are not only racist but gender insensitive. No wonder Malaysia has failed to attract more Indian and Chinese tourists to Malaysia due to such prejudices.
Granted some international tourists were caught for being involved in illegal and illicit activities in Malaysia but it is not right to put race labels on these offenders. They came from many nationalities and not only Indian and Chinese.
Sources said Nasir also remarked that "Indians in Malaysia have crossed the line. They force the government for 12 subjects in SPM. Don't force the government. We can anytime revoke the citizenship of the Indians in Malaysia."
The senior aide also allegedly said "Indians came to Malaysia as beggars and Chinese especially the women came to sell their bodies", touching off the furore and leading to the walkout.
The question is why are we not surprised by Nasir's allegations. Nasir is a symptom of ugly racial politics. My blog has seen some very similar racial views and these type of views were not tolerated.
Nasir, a special officer to the PM, is not just a common person but a person who holds a high position in the PM office. He stands shoulder-to-shoulder with some of the top policy makers in this country. Hence, we should be alarmed by his allegations and racially malicious statement.
Nasir has denied he ever made these allegations. It is either Nasir is speaking another lingo or those who heard his speech were mischievous enough to victimize him.
Who should we trust?
The only thing we can be sure is to SAY NO TO RACISM!