Ahmad turned the table around and blamed the reporters who “manipulated his statement and made it sound racist”. He also blamed Gerakan acting president Dr Koh Tsu Koon for using his statement as an excuse for Barisan losing the Permatang Pauh by-election.
What could have been solved amicably has now been blown out of proportion.
“Najib’s (Tun Razak) apology was sufficient. Although there were calls by several quarters for action to be taken against him, the apology by the UMNO number two man was enough to silence such calls,” said an UMNO leader.
He added that Barisan Nasional is facing a more serious issue and the party “should face a single challenge at a time.”
In all honesty whether one is an immigrant or otherwise is not important. What is important is the person’s loyalty to the country. History proved that there were immigrants who contributed more to their adopted country than citizen-born.
Albert Einsten contributed to the development of science in the US – his adopted country more than other US citizens. Most poets, painters and writers, for example, who helped the development of arts and culture in the US are immigrants who escaped their country due to several reasons.
Malaysia should be proud of attracting more immigrants to her shores, as it proved that this country is better off than others.
And to prove critics wrong there were also Malays who immigrated from Indonesia and Singapore looking greener pastures who contributed to the development of arts in Malaysia . To name a few, Aziz Satar and M. Nasir.
Being called an immigrant is not an insult, it is actually a fact in history. Almost everyone in the country is an immigrant, except for the Orang Asli.
Regardless if you came from China , India or even Indonesia , you are an immigrant.
And being an immigrant does not mean you are less privileged. Look around us there are many who have been privileges and who have made their lives more successful than any citizen born.
May God continues to bless Malaysia , despite the racial argument which had haunted us for decades. This is the kind of argument we inherited from our colonial masters that we must not keep because we are using it to divide the nation.
Isn’t it about time that we start playing to our own tune and stand up as Malaysians?