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Malaysia GE13: Utusan frontpage headline stokes disapproval from Malaysians

Published on May 7, 2013 3:15 PM
Utusan Malaysia's frontpage headline on Tuesday 'Apa lagi Cina mahu?' (What else do the Chinese want?) has stoked disapproval from many Malaysians. -- PHOTO: MALAYSIAKINI

KUALA LUMPUR - Utusan Malaysia's frontpage headline on Tuesday 'Apa lagi Cina mahu?' (What else do the Chinese want?) has stoked disapproval from many Malaysians.

The Umno-owned daily, in the article written by editor Zulkiflee Bakar, says the Chinese were caught in opposition Democratic Action Party's (DAP) racial politics and failed to overthrow the Barisan Nasional government that is led by Malays, Malaysiakini reported.

The paper also says that while DAP won many seats, it was not satisfied as the party wanted to hold illegal protests.

The daily also claimed to have received many text messages asking "what else do the Chinese want?".

Opposition leader Anwar Ibrahm called on Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak, as Umno chief, to take responsibility over the headline.

"They (Utusan) follow Najib's instruction. First, it is an Umno newspaper.

"Second, I know this because when I was Umno deputy president, the Umno president could give daily instructions to Utusan (editorial)," he said during a press conference at PKR headquarters in Petaling Jaya on Tuesday.

Netizens, including Malays, are taking to Twitter to voice their disapproval of the front page headline which spanned across the daily' front and back page in bold red letters.

Several Malays expressed disgust with the report, with one saying he works with a Chinese company, Malaysiakini reported.

Another remarked that because of the daily's front page headline, he was afraid to attend college on Tuesday as most in his class are Chinese.

Many Malays, as well, have urged the suspension of the newspaper for carrying such a provocative headline, and they also want Mr Najib and Umno Youth chief Khairy Jamaluddin to take action on the daily.

There have also been many others, Malays, Chinese and Indians, calling for a boycott of the paper.

Some also tweeted that Pakatan Rakyat received 51 percent of the popular votes in Sunday's election, so how could this be attributed solely to the Chinese?

Even Umno supreme council member Saifuddin Abdullah who lost Sunday's election for the Temerloh parliamentary seat, tweeted: "I do not agree with the title, we must be smart in evaluating the 13th general election. I lost but I do not fault anybody."

In the article, Mr Zulkiflee wrote that despite the united efforts of the Chinese nationwide to put in the "chauvinist" Democratic Action Party and its partner Parti Keadilan Rakyat, it was not enough to topple the BN government.

The paper quoted former Malacca chief minister Mohd Ali Rustam as saying he was unhappy with the Chinese who did not vote for meritocracy.

"They say Malays are racists but it is they who are racist. The Chinese do not do not appreciate what we have done as they come late to my house to seek help and this is what I get in return.

"Am I that bad, for Malacca performed as the best state in Malaysia, with the lowest unemployment?

"The Chinese are as prosperous as the Malays, they have big houses and good basic infrastructure and when they are rich, they despise us," Mr Mohd Ali, who lost his bid for the Bukit Katil parliamentary seat, is quoted as saying.

Prime Minister Najib in his press conference early Monday morning, after BN retained a simple majority, blamed the poor performance of the BN on a "Chinese tsunami" and said such a trend would be unhealthy for the country.

Many leaders, including DAP adviser Lim Kit Siang, said Mr Najib was wrong to say this, because it was a "Malaysian tsunami".