Hmm.. two postings in a day just about YB Khairy Jamaludin. Not bad for making such headlines. Today, BERNAMA reported:
Scholarship Issue: Khairy Defends Wee Ka Siong
KUALA LUMPUR, June 23 (Bernama) — Barisan Nasional (BN) Youth chief Khairy Jamaludin has defended MCA Youth chief Datuk Dr Wee Ka Siong who came under fire from Malay right-wing group Perkasa over the issue of Public Service Department (PSD) scholarships.
Khairy said he had listened to the recording of Wee’s remark and found no room to interpret the statement as racist.
He felt therefore that the claim by Perkasa president Datuk Ibrahim Ali, accusing Wee of questioning the social contract and of being disrespectful to the constitution, was too much if not baseless.
“I would like to say that I have listened for myself the recording of Wee’s remark and I feel that there is no room to interpret the statement as racist and being disrespectful to the Federal Constitution.
“Wee was citing an example… the PSD scholarships were the only opportunities for the non-Bumiputera students to obtain government scholarships.
“He was saying, what would be the feelings of the Bumiputera if the scholarships and Mara loans were to be withdrawn,” he told a media conference at parliament lobby here which was also attended by Wee.
Khairy said Wee was drawing a parallel that if the Bumiputera felt disappointed with the proposal to cut down the issuance of PSD scholarships, the same could be said of the non-Bumiputera who would have little opportunities to obtain government scholarships.
He said Ibrahim might have not realised that Wee was in fact defending the PSD scholarships and in the process, defended the provision of scholarships to the Malays because most of those who were given scholarships were Malay students.
“I don’t understand why Perkasa is raising this. It maybe because the way the statement is reported but when I listen to the original statement and the explanation given by Wee, I feel there is no room to interpret them as racist,” he added.
Meanwhile, Wee denied that his statement on the rights of Bumiputera students to obtain scholarships was made with racial overtones.
Wee said he was not being racist as claimed by Ibrahim.
“I was accused of being ‘kurang ajar’ (rude) just because of my stand in opposing the government’s move to stop in stages the issuance of PSD scholarships.
“My statement is not in any way questioning the rights and privileges of the Malays and I have never mentioned that the government should abolished the Mara scholarships,” he said.
Wee said that those who were still dissatisfied with his statement should refer to his original statement which was made in three languages — Malay, English and Mandarin.
In a related development, Ibrahim was adamant in saying that Wee had indeed questioned the rights of the Bumiputera.
He said that Wee should not have dragged the Mara scholarships issue in his statement because the Mara scholarships were the rights of the Malays.
“This is not the first time that he has questioned the Malay rights. He once described the resolutions reached at the Bumiputera Economic Congress on May 29, in which Perkasa was a participant, as primitive,” he said.
Amazingly, since his silence for attending Wataniah training, he already started to make his headlines again, but for different kind of news that I am expecting. First, he did not get any nomination for retaining Deputy President’s seat. Not getting or do not want to be nominated is a different thing.
Just within hours, he made another headlines that caught interest public alike. Positive or negative on this one, is up to you to decide.
As for me, I would say it is how the issue being handled by our three YBs. Let us go one by one for us to see is YB Khairy is doing the right thing to put his head on the chopping block.
For Wee Ka Siong, perhaps he has been misinterprated, but he called for his head to be head hunted. Why? He gave example of MARA scholarship. As readers who are aware on the turmoil we are facing with our political scene, bumiputera related issues have been coloring national agenda most of the time, rather than more important general economic issues and micro-economic issues that related to one’s ability to spend in Malaysia. If he is smart, he can give other examples. Or even he still wants to, he can give it in a better manner, better words, better sentence or better conditions. For the record, Wee has released a statement saying Bumi’s NGO rejecting NEM as primitive (what a nice word to be used).
As for Ibrahim Ali, of course, he reacted to any response that touched on Perkasa (he is the president for crying out loud..) and anything that Perkasa has interest on (which is the bumiputera issues of course). With Wee has made his “primitive” statement, of course any words shot out from his mouth will be scanned under microscope. His pattern, (even though may be misinterpreted) will be studied. So, perhaps, Ibrahim Ali and any of us might misinterpreted what Wee was trying to say.
So, YB Khairy should be aware of what has happened between those two YBs. I believe at that point of time, you already finished your training, so there’s no reason for you not to be unaware of such development. I believe you should not made the defend statement. Or better, stay out of it. You are making statements as if you do not what happened earlier. Yes, you were there, hearing every single word, but are you aware what had happened before?
Or… are you sleeping, YB Khairy Jamaluddin? Aren’t you aware that Wee has questioned Bumi’s rights in indirect way before? For crying out loud, we are being told your degree obtained from Oxford are on politics. You, sir, should be more clear, have better understanding on what’s going on and have better approach of things.
Sleeping.. or ignorant?
ps/: I think this is the first time I commented on YB Khairy’s political career. Perhaps can not stand anymore watching people making fun of UMNO and Barisan with Khairy is one of the focul and vital point to paint UMNO and Barisan as bad. Whatmore his inability to make Pemuda rough tough (in actual reality, more likely to be Pemudi than Pemuda).
Sorry Khairy fanatics, I cannot stand neutral on this one anymore. I see YB Khairy as one of the major things that made UMNO and Barisan in defensive mode rather than attacking mode.
But it doesn’t mean that I find any other side is better..because for the meantime, majority of our politicians are bunch of clowns to me. Why? We are not moving forward from GE12.. we are still in “never ending” political struggle. How to move forward if like this???
Question by OnDaStreet: Which one is better, the antics of Husin Lempoyang, or the Antics of Khairy Jamaluddin? 😀