“Am I making a racist statement? Am I instigating racial hatred? Is what I am doing dangerous considering that racism in Malaysia has reached a dangerous level never seen before since May 1969?” - RPK, in his ‘Cina sudah kurang ajar! Dah lupa 13 Mei ke?’ post.
The excerpt quoted above comprises 3 questions and one statement of fact.
I don’t give two hoots about the questions.
The statement of fact I have highlighted in red.
To those of you who were at Dataran Merdeka for Janji Demokrasi on 30th August, did you see racism of any kind in your midst, or a oneness of spirit and purpose for all who were there?
What of those who were at BERSIH 3.0 and 2.0?
Did the tender scenes of the makcik in the Ganesha temple in Jalan Pudu putting bits of salt in the mouths of those anak bangsa Malaysia of all ethnicities and gender, seeking refuge in the temple after being hit by tear gas and chemical-laced water, smack of racism?
Was I merely feigning concern after we were all hit with gas and water at the Bar Council during BERSIH 3.o when, blinded, I together with so many others, sought to share the little water and salt we had?
But then I have, like so many other Malaysians, been blind to colour and race for as long as I can remember.
Have the Anti-Lynas campaigns been racist?
The only thing racist in this country is UMNO, BN, Dr M and the mainstream media.
And now, of course, RPK’s untiring efforts to sow the seeds of fear.
For some time now, I hoped that it was a case of, being away from home, Manchester was out of touch with sentiments on the ground.
It now seems otherwise.
In my “Oh Lord, how soon we forget!” post on 3rd January, this year, I had said :
“Many of you appear to be of the view that RPK has betrayed us, and has sold out.
I think you premise this on his interview with TV3 last March and his latest interview with NST and Utusan.
I do not share this view.
Mine is premised on the man and Marina that I believe I have come to know.
We cannot both be right.
Let us all hope and pray that the error is yours and not mine.
You have my word, though, that should I discover the error to be mine, I will not hesitate to disclose all that I know to you.”
I admit now that the error was mine, and not yours.
And I apologise.