Saturday, November 11, 2017
Lim Kit Siang and the Bugis issue
Salleh Said Keruak
The recent furore regarding Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s insult against the Bugis was covered by most of the English, Bahasa and Chinese newspapers as ‘Sultan Murka’, in English meaning HRH the Sultan of Selangor has been slighted or offended. Mahathir’s letter to the Malaysian Ambassador in Indonesia saying that he was not trying to insult the entire Bugis race but just one man, the Prime Minister of Malaysia, has not been accepted since it was not really an apology but an excuse.
Lim Kit Siang is usually very quick to issue a statement calling such political tactics as racial, especially when he is the target of such attacks. Even when others attack him he will still call it Umno-organised attacks. This time Kit Siang is strangely silent regarding Mahathir’s attack on the Bugis race despite all the requests made for him to clarify his position as the de facto Pakatan leader.
Kit Siang has to make his stand on this issue clear otherwise his silence will be viewed as tacit support of what Mahathir said and may be interpreted as what Superman Hew Kuan Yew of DAP said, which is Kit Siang is using Mahathir as a weapon to fight the Malays. If Kit Siang wants to be taken seriously as Pakatan’s Prime Minister-in-waiting he cannot remain silent and continue to hide behind his Malay proxy.