Joe Gombak wrote a letter to malaysiakini asking whether our mainstream media knows exactly what aspects of Malaysia's political culture could possibly benefit other countries. Gombak indicated his displeasure, distress and disgust at the rotten state of affair, our failed state.
I find myself agreeing with most of his criticisms. The one that attracted me was his statement:
Our dominant ethnic political party organises mob violence at venues (such as the Apcet II meeting) whenever the occasion suits itself, and unashamedly threatens violence against the ethnic minorities at its AGM (Kerishamudin's ‘keris’-waving and ‘bathe it in blood’ antics courtesy of national television) and not to mention mobilising its youth wing mobs to threaten to burn down a public building belonging to an ethnic minority - the Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall.
Indeed, indeed, but I wonder whether Gombak has been aware of who was the acting PM when the UMNO thugs went to a KL hotel to wreck violence on an international meet, namely the Apcet II conference on East Timor?
Hint – this was in the mid-1990 and Dr Mahathir was not in the country. The acting PM said of the mob violence which disrupted the Apcet II meeting, forcing its abandonment.
That acting PM said the UMNO disruption of Aptet II: “Our mission was to stop the conference and we did just that.”
Gombak advised us remember this when you vote.
Yes, thanks - I’ll make sure my de jure (not de facto) vote counts!
(I had mis-spelt Apcet as Aptet in following posts)
(1) Aptet II Disgrace - He who cannot be named!
(2) Who was in charge when Aptet II was attacked by thugs?