YB Nurul Izzah has taken Dr M to task for yet again playing his all too familiar race card.
She has offered to debate Dr M to clarify if his ‘fear for the Malays is really about loss of power or in reality loss of wealth for the chosen few’.
Wonder if Mamak Kutty has the gumption that his macai, Ibs, plainly lacks, to take on this challenge?
Her press release, unedited, is reproduced below.
It was reported yesterday, Sept 23 that the former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad while declaring he was not a racist, appeared to play the race card by warning Malays that they would lose power if Pakatan Rakyat (PR) came to power.
He also implied that a Chinese or an Indian could become prime minister if PR took federal power because there was no constitutional restriction on race for the position.
I find this statement as irresponsible and as a desperate attempt to destabilise the nation.
Not only has the race card being used to incite but also to perpetuate the only approach that UMNO and its leaders (past and present) have used with impunity which is the ‘Politics of Fear’.
The ‘politics of fear’ uses Article 153 as a political instrument of deceit and despair.
The Malays are indoctrinated through all means available including using NGOs to continue to ‘act’ out a victim mentality narrative that degrades, confuses and paralyses a community to remain enslaved intellectually and emotionally first by the colonial masters and now by its new reincarnation, UMNO.
The aim of this is none other to maintain political hegemony by the ruling Malay elite few who have enriched themselves through corruption, abuse of power and undermining the constitution relentlessly. Sadly, they have been assisted by MCA, MIC, Gerakan and the other BN component parties by their silence and omission to act responsibly.
We must fight back by emphasising on the ‘Politics of Hope and Liberation’, which will transform the Malay Mind from the false fear of losing their identity and economical development to a positive force that will create a confident and liberated community.
Therefore, with the aim for a constructive engagement to build a ‘Better Malaysia for All Malaysians’, I humbly offer to debate with Tun Dr. Mahathir to clarify if his ‘fear’ for the Malays is really about loss of power or in reality loss of wealth for the chosen few (Takut Melayu Hilang Kuasa atau Hilang Harta)?
Nurul Izzah Anwar
MP Lembah Pantai, Kuala Lumpur
24 September 2010