As a Malaysian, this is downright disgusting.
Here I am thinking and wondering why should Malaysian children look up to Malaysian Politicians (particularly those from Barisan Nasional) for moral compass and role model, when they are just samsengs in disguise and in power.
There is simply no need for any political party to mob an MP in Parliament. Just take a look at what transpired, as reported by a pro-government media here. If the pro-government media already paints such disgusting picture, what about hearing from the other side? http://nst.com.my/Current_News/NST/Thursday/Frontpage/20090226161456/index.pda
The drama started when Karpal was confronted by the 22-member group comprising Selangor Umno Youth members as the MP was making his way into the parliament's tower block at 2.45pm.
[Seng: Just imagine - it takes 22 Youth to confront 1 in a wheelchair. Real bravery by UMNO Youth!]
The group had been waiting for Karpal since 1.30pm.
Noticing the veteran politician, the group surrounded the wheelchair-bound Karpal and demanded that he apologise for remarks made against Umno Youth in the House on yesterday.
[Seng: Yes, real "bravery" by UMNO Youth - 22 *jantan* surrounding an elderly guy in a wheel chair and then make demands.]
However, Karpal refused to recant his allegation that the wing had sent bullets in the mail to him recently, as well as using the term “celaka” (damn) to berate the movement.
[Seng: UMNO Youth loyalist might argue that this is provoked by Karpal, but that argument simply doesn't hold water. Karpal uttered the words IN PARLIAMENT. I don't necessarily agree with his phrase celaka, and I can understand why he suspects it is UMNO Youth who sent it, but that's Parliament for you where Politicians on both sides frequently accuses the other side of doing certain things without proof. What is new in Parliament here? And more importantly, why bring this issue OUTSIDE Parliament? As Rakyat, I *jelak* when I see this physical "gangster" behaviour.]
Pakatan Rakyat MPs - Fong Kui Loon (DAP-Bukit Bintang), N. Gobalakrishnan (PKR-Padang Serai) and Lim Lip Eng (DAP-Segambut), who just came back from lunch, went to Karpal’s aid after being informed by parliament staff of the incident.
They claimed they were roughed up by the mob, with their bodies pushed and shoved by several Umno members. "One even pulled my tie. At one point, I nearly fell into the fountain," Lim claimed.
[Seng: When our Police and Parliament Security do not protect MPs in Parliament, this is very, very bad for Rakyat. I pity Ordinary Malaysians who voted for Barisan]
However, the trio manage to wheel Karpal into the House, while the Umno Youth group continued to heckle and shout at them.
Moments later, Liew Chin Tong (DAP-Bukit Bendera) tried to cool down the situation but he was greeted by more shouts."Who are you? Go away," shouted several members of the mob..Karpal's son, Gobind Singh (DAP-Puchong), who sprinted to his father's aid, traded verbal blows with the group.
[Seng: Just imagine this - UMNO Youth members who has NO RIGHT to even be present in Parliamentary buildings, telling and shouting to an MP "Who are you? Go away!". They might as well come to your house and shout at you "Who are you? Go away!" It should be obvious these Youths have no business in Parliament, yet, Who are they to tell the MPs "Who are you? Go away!"! ]
At one point, Gobind and a member of the mob had to be restrained by their respective members to prevent fisticuffs. The situation improved after BN Backbenchers Club (BNBBC) chief Datuk Seri Tiong King Sing appeared and urged the group to disperse. "Please go back and respect the House. We can't have such incidents happening here," he told them.
Gombak Umno Youth chief Megat Zulkarnain Omardin, who was part of the mob, told reporters that they are Umno members “willing to die defending the party.” "He (Karpal) must stop insulting the Rulers and the Malays," he said. “Our patience is running out.”
[Seng: What about willing to die to defend the Ruler and Rakyat? Yes, I hear you loud and clear when it comes to defending the Party, but what about the Ruler and Rakyat?
You see, this is clearly double-standards.
When PM Abdullah challenges the King publicly in early 2008, I don't see anyone sending him nor Najib live bullets. But Karpal got it, and not just once.
When PM Abdullah challenges the King publicly in early 2008, I don't see UMNO Youth storming into the PM's office or stalking Parliament waiting for him and then, ganging up on him to demand he stops using the mass media, the AG, and all other machinaries to influence the King to make Idris Jusof the Terengganu MB and not Ahmad Said. But 22 UMNO Youth members think it is their duty to die for the Party to gang up on elderly, wheel-chair bound Karpal Singh.
Wow. Real jantan.]
It is obvious this is politics of the worst kind.
Khairy of course sees it opportunistic to champion UMNO Youth claims here - http://www.bizedge.com/edge-tv/864-umno-youth-wants-proof-on-karpals-bullet-threat.html
Doesn't matter if he has to unfairly label Karpal as he sees fit. Doesn't matter if he is being unfair to everyone else. The only thing that matter is his own personal image, and that he's seen as championing UMNO Youth. See the youtube and judge for yourself.
1. Khairy demanded that Karpal utters the same words outside Parliament.
(What on earth for? Karpal's behaviour inside Parliament is no different than any other BN politicians, who slander each other every single day they meet. As rakyat, I truly detest this, and I am completely disenchanted with all the slanders and politicking that goes on in Parliament. I definitely DON'T WANT to see this behaviour OUTSIDE Parliament. Of course, I don't want to see it inside parliament too, but that would be impossible due to the nature and character of these MPs in Parliament. Doesn't Khairy realizes our country have greater problems that the government urgently needs to solve?)
2. Khairy demanded that Karpal provides proof within 24 hours, slanders Karpal, blah-blah-blah
In short, I couldn't care less. There's no need for a 3rd Party like Khairy to throw more fuel to the fire. Besides being unfair to Karpal - he's the victim of a serious death threat which I find totally unnecessary - there are other more conciliatory ways to deal with Karpal's accusations that deals with UMNO Youth's name.
If Khairy didn't call for the press conference or UMNO Youth gang up on Karpal physically, I wouldn't even realized Karpal accused UMNO Youth.
At this time of great economic crisis, the country needs both sides to work together productively and efficiently.
It definitely doesn't need Najib to steal Perak to create all this chaos and to use Royalty.
For our future PM, this shows Najib is NOT serious about the Rakyat's welfare, but is clearly MORE interested in securing power - by hook or by crook.
So, going back to my first question - why should parents of young children encourages their kids to use these politicians as role model, when politicians behaves like this both Inside and Outside of Parliament?