Here’s the usual bully boy, the kampong thug threatening someone he disagrees with.
Mingguan Malaysia reported that UMNO vice-president Muhyiddin Yassin demanded that the Asian Strategic and Leadership Institute (Asli) retracts its reported estimation on the 45% bumiputra equity ownership.
Muhyiddin said the report was a challenge to the Government’s integrity and described the report as irresponsible and rubbish.
Well, if Muhyiddin believes so, then challenge Asli's data – verify its sources, data and methodology, and criticise the think-tank if there is any dodgy calculation.
But no, that would be too much (facts) for the bully boy. So instead he resorted to the UMNO time-honoured method - he threatened Asli with government action if the think-tank fails to retract the report. But that’s not all. He wanted Asli to also admit that the report was wrong. He reckoned that’s necessary to prevent racist arguments that would affect national unity.
Bull! Only UMNO leaders and their tame academicians have been jumping up and down like kera kena belacan. No other Malaysians care two hoots because the actual percentage of the bloody equity makes not one iota of difference to the poor non-UMNO Malays. And to the non-Malays, it also means nothing whether it's 18.9%, 45% or 101%, because UMNO hands will continue to dip into the nation’s cashbox.
But Muhyiddin declared: “The report is rubbish and cannot be used. As a Malay, I am angry and I think it was done with malice. The report may have an agenda that aims at forming a polemic among those who believe the report to be true. They will definitely blame the Government for revealing the wrong facts.”
Why be angry? Why threatened the author of a study?
Prove Asli wrong, Mr Tan Sri, instead of intimidating Asli members, unless of course you feel they're uncomfortably close to or even at the truth?