Saturday, November 4, 2017

Kit Siang must clarify Pakatan’s stand on the Bugis Pirate issue

Salleh Said Keruak

The ‘Bugis Pirate’ issue has now blown up beyond control with the Selangor Royal Council issuing a statement on the matter. If not careful this is going to turn into another conflict between Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad and the Raja-Raja Melayu. And this is going to be the third conflict after the first two which happened when Mahathir was Prime Minister.

Lim Kit Siang must now come forward to clarify his stand on this issue. Since Mahathir is the Chairman of Pakatan Harapan keeping silent is not an option because the people need to know Kit Siang’s stand on the matter.

Kit Siang’s silence can be construed as being in agreement with Mahathir that the Bugis race are pirates and there are more than one Ruler who is of Bugis descent. However, while Barisan Nasional condemns Mahathir’s statement that insults the Bugis race, Pakatan Harapan’s stand appears to be not clear. Therefore Kit Siang must come out and clarify Pakatan’s stand.

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