Those who have not read fully the criticisms by Mingguan Malaysia's Awang Selamat on 26 September 2010 against Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz and only read his reply published by The Star on 27 September will have the impression that Utusan Malaysia was racist.
The Star had succeeded in accomplising this vile intent since most of its readers did not read Mingguan Malaysia.The newspaper spinned Nazri's words and made it look like he meant Utusan "would take a long time to accept that Malaysia belonged to all races."
Nazri said, "...to be a Malaysian one need not necessarily be anti Malay."
Awang Selamat did not question if Nazri had wanted to feel like a Malay or Malaysian, but it only drew attention to the latter's attitude, which apparently received praise from the DAP and the Chinese press to the extent that he was elevated to the status of a superhero who swooped from the sky.
Nazri went on to belittle Utusan Malaysia by saying that Awang was narrow-minded and his views were only suitable for the 60s.
Without regards to the sentiments of the people, Nazri arrogantly proclaimed that he only worked for Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib, who had appointed him with consent from His Majesty the Yang DiPertuan Agong.
Consequently, the question that arose in the mind of the Malays was whether the Prime Minister did actually direct him to run down Utusan Melayu and paint an ugly image of the vernacular newspaper among the non-Malays.
So, if Nazri is of the opinion that Utusan Melayu was representative of the mindset of the 60s, why then would the opposition parties of the 21st century feel intimidated and in collussion try not only to isolate it, but worse, to use Nazri to hide the true face of non-Malays by saying that Utusan Melayu was racist.
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
Nazri did that for PM?
Posted by Lenggong Valley at 6:35 PM