Lee Kuan Yew vs Apanama vs Kit Siang clutching at straws

Pix: Maple forest in Sichuan (taken from Shuzheng’s blog)

By Sharifuddin A. Latiff

The New York Times and the International Herald Tribune recently had an interview with Singapore’s minister mentor. LKY is a much sought-after speaker for international events and fora.

As for his  nemesis Mahathir Mohamad, do the international media and seminars seek his input? Given the world stage, the Tun will shock audiences with his  conspiracy theories like —  if they can make the movie ‘Avatar’, they can fix up 9/11 (according to him, it wasn’t the Arab terrorists who did it … a-ha, it must have been the J-E-W-S! Who else?).

From Lee Kuan Yew’s interview with NYT/IHT

On race relations in Malaysia, LKY commented:

“Now we have a very polarized Malaysia, Malays, Chinese and Indians in separate schools, living separate lives and not really getting on with one another.”

LKY also said: “… my colleagues and I, were of that generation who were turfed out of Malaysia suffered two years under a racial policy decided that we will go the other way.”

Another comment at the conclusion of his interview, LKY said: “Malaysia took the different line; Malaysians saw it as a Malay country, all others are lodgers, ‘orang tumpangan’ …”

Mahathir responds

Needless to say, Apanama just couldn’t pass up the chance to take a potshot at his old enemy (they are 84 and 87 respectively). He uses his Che Det blog and Perkasa as his mouthpieces.

Perhaps the foreign press are not as keen on him as they are on LKY, or perhaps it is Apanama himself who’s not willing to be interviewed as they ask him tough or embarrassing questions, like Riz Khan of Al-Jazeera who wanted to know if he saw himself as a Malay.

Responding to LKY, Apanama blogged: “By 1965 racism had taken hold and the Tunku was forced to end Singapore’s membership of Malaysia. But the seed of Chinese racialism had been sown, so that even after the PAP left, the “Malaysian Malaysia” war cry was picked up by the DAP, an offspring of the PAP.”

Yup, he blames Malaysia’s racism on the PAP’s two years in Malaysia, not his 30 years as deputy prime minister, PM and subsequently de facto PM.

The Tun adds, “Till today the racist slogan ‘Malaysian Malaysia’ is the war-cry of the DAP.”

Lim Kit Siang misses by a mile

If Apanama has perverted the idea of racism, how about Lim Kit Siang who inherited the PAP’s mantle? LKS in his stewardship of DAP has had to walk the minefield of the racist situation that Apanama and LKY this week are fighting their war of words over.

Shuzheng in his blog has done a superb deconstruction of LKS’s ‘Malaysian First’ hardsell, which is that

“The Malaysian First answer to this ethnic problem by Guan Eng’s father Lim Kit Siang, also DAP’s, is to first emasculate the Chinese identity and then subvert it by the replacement, ‘Malaysian’.”

His posting is titled Why Malaysian First Can’t Sell, Kit Siang & Ridhuan Tee: The Improbable Brothers.

A highly recommended read.

Comments
5 Responses to “Lee Kuan Yew vs Apanama vs Kit Siang clutching at straws”
  1. charlie chan says:

    sir- Malaysian political leaders especially from BN- UMNO are good in blaming others for the misfortunes facing our nation. So we blame Singapore for MAS loosing billions as SIA make billions. we blamed the British because they taught us English and now Malaysians are so poor in ENGLISH and our government wants to teach Science and Mathematics in English. we blame Singapore because of a severe water shortage as we sell water to singapore. In short Malaysian political leadership are blaming the whole world. Blame blame blame- correct correct correct

  2. MADNESS says:

    99% of world leaders praise LKY’s leadership which is proven by the city state status respect in world standing. Our apanama old man blamed LKY for all our misfortune today, after Spore was sacked from Msia 40 years ago. So that means 99% of the world leaders of great nations are idiots and wrong in praising LKY but our MM is right about LKY being a stupid ! Can MM please stop torturing us with such nutty remarks?

  3. KARMA99 says:

    THERE’S A REASON WHY HE’S STILL ALIVE AND HEALTHY. FOR HIM TO SEE WHAT HE HAS DONE TO M’SIA. FOR HIS SUPPORTERS TO SEE THE REALITY OF HIM. FOR HIM TO SEE THE FALL OF BN. THIS IS CALLED KARMA. CAUSE AND EFFECT.

  4. Thomas says:

    Mahathir does not need praise from others from their inferior countries . Malaysians have praised him enough times already. Yes he is the great leader with great ability and with age he really believes all the rubbish the sycophants lavish on him.

  5. AntiHipocrisy says:

    Kuan Yew is definitely a POT calling kettle black..

    For the truth of racism, polarisation and dilution of minority in Spore, Please read:

    http://seelanpalay.blogspot.com/2010/05/charade-of-meritocracy-by-michael-d.html

    http://wherebearsroamfree.blogspot.com/2010/09/same-old-broken-record-from-broken-old.html

    and tell me who is the Real racist and HYPOCRITE?

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