This piece of the usual ding-dong news by Bernama was published in Malaysiakini, but in Bahasa (Malay language).
Apparently the Sec-Gen of the MCA Youth Dr Wee Ka Siong had raised an issue regarding a Chinese teacher being forced to teach Islamic studies to a class of students. The Minister of Education, Hishammuddin Hussein described that complaint as lacking any basis, and had been for (Dr Wee’s) political self promotion.
Hishamuddin warned Dr Wee: "Bila anda campurkan agama dan politik, ia adalah sesuatu yang tidak boleh dimaafkan. Ini satu amaran kepada Ahli Parlimen muda yang beraspirasi. Saya selaku Menteri Pelajaran tidak akan bertolak-ansur dengan hujahan sedemikian dan saya tidak akan melupainya.”
Rough translation – words in parentheses thrown in by KTemoc for context:
“It’s unforgivable when you involve religion and politics (issues) together. This is a warning to an ambitious Member of Parliament. As the Minister for Education I will not compromise with such (dodgy) questionings nor will I forget them.”
Hishamuddin stated that what had actually occurred was a Chinese teacher being requested to keep an eye over a class (presumably the Islamic class) during the changeover period while the subsequent class was being organised. Once the re-organising was completed, the Chinese teacher taught her subject.
He revealed this in response to Dr Wee’s complaint after officiating at the Kampar UMNO delegates meeting.
Hishamuddin averred that the top leaders of the Barisan Nasional (BN) will not permit overly-ambitious (avaricious?) party leaders who raised racist issues just for their own popularity with members of their ethnic party.
Hmmm, didn’t Khairy Jamaluddin also raised religion and race in his political statements during an UMNO meet, and may I just add, a political statement that was framed as an inflammatory insidious but inexcusable insult at the Chinese Malaysian community as a whole.
I didn’t hear Hishamuddin blast Khairy equally with the same degree of ferocity that he had toasted Dr Wee with. In fact, he did a Pontius Pilate by saying Khairy would have to explain. I also recall him being angry with the MCA Youth for demanding an apology from Khairy who insulted the entire Chinese Malaysian community.
By his ‘tough’ talk, directed at a MCA Youth leader, has he been grandstanding on racial issues himself, or really sermonising on political propriety?
The latter case seems rather weak given his reluctance to blast Khairy Jamaluddin whose insults have been worse and totally unacceptable. But then, should we cut some slack for Hishamuddin as the leader of UMNO Youth who may be ‘aspiring’ for a party Vice-President post?
I hate to say this, but Hishamuddin's over-the-top warning to Dr Wee in the wake of Khairy Jamaluddin's atrocious statement and his (Khairy's) unmitigated defiant lack of repentance smell like a typical UMNO case of cakap ta'serupa bikin (failing to conduct oneself in accordance with one's declared principles).