Najib storm in X’mas teacup: Non-Malays over-reacting
By Sharifuddin A. Latiff
The PM’s special officer who made the ‘no-crucifix request’ expressed her “heartfelt regret” in a statement yesterday.
Datuk Hardev Kaur clarified that she had merely “requested” for a rostrum to be free from any Christian symbol at the Dec 25 Christmas party where Najib was guest-of-honour.
Hardev is a former NST group editor – it figures that the thought would have crossed (pun intended) her mind and that she should issue the ‘request’ (it was a ‘request’ and not a command, yar).
It just comes from her long newspaper training. It is almost second nature for senior media people to second guess what would or would not offend the PM about coverage that appears in the pages of their paper.
The Archbishop Murphy Pakiam, when asked to comment on the controversy, had said the directive was the act of an “overzealous officer”.
As I had speculated earlier, it’s not in character for Najib who was enrolled in mission school (St John’s) and studied in England to be so hung up over the sight of a cross. And it was not a Malay who was fluttering around like a worried hen waving away crucifixes.
The non-Malays are simply being over-sensitive and over-reactive in anticipation of what we Malays might take offence at. Next time, just ask us (Malays) first. Isn’t it better to get it from the horse’s mouth? You’ll find we are more reasonable than you give us credit for.
We had two reader responses (reproduced below) to EWO’s Jan 5 posting:
Submitted on 2011/01/05 at 5:32 pm
Engkau orang sedar tak yang manusia yang extremis dan racist selalunya melayu celup seperti mama kerala and Ah Pek Tee ini. Aku pikir mereka ini terlebih lebih racist sebab mereka ini celup dan kurang confident dengan “kaum” mereka. Jadi terpaksalah buat sandiwara sebagai pembela melayu.
Saya setuju dengan pendapat anda. Melayu-melayu celup dari kaum Pakistan, India, Cina dan lain-lain yang melampau-lampau memperjuangkan agenda rasis mereka.
Real Malays who are born Malay, i.e. people who don’t have to make a big show of our Malayness, are in reality more easygoing. It’s the Icker-Tee celups who are giving Malays a bad name.
Hardev over-reacted on Najib’s behalf when the man himself would have been a lot cooler about the whole thing.
We’re all getting tired of the much ado about nothing that’s finding place in the media, and which in turn creates openings, like for the pack of jackals from Pakatan who jumped at the chance to snap at Najib’s heels.
In my own posting on the Santa Cross matter, I highlighted a Malaysian Insider reader comment by ‘Daniel’ saying:
“In the National Service camps, all the trainees are instructed to lift up their hands in prayer (an Islamic prayer) during the opening and closing ceremony. What if the students objected to this? And why should non-Muslim students be made to participate in an Islamic prayer?”
Instead of taking easy potshots at the Umno president, why are Pakatan supporters (who were so happy to sink their teeth into Najib) not daring to take up real issues like this one raised by Daniel. Compared to the over-reaction to Najib, why no reaction to issues like the above ‘doa’ business?
What does Teresa Kok – who complained about the ‘de-Christianising Christmas’ – have to say about the reverse religious consternation (non-Muslim trainees forced to berdoa)?
What does the Caliph Umar Lim Abdul Aziz have to say? Oh, but he already introduced the doa at his own DAP convention in Penang, so I guess the non-Muslim NS trainees instructed to lift up their hands like Muslims in doa is alright by him.