Hishammuddin’s ultimatum – Tsu
Koon should requisition for a Barisan Nasional Supreme Council meeting to
demand that UMNO and UMNO Youth leader stop bullying and intimidating
leaders from the other Barisan Nasional component parties
Media Statement (2)
by Lim Kit Siang
UMNO Youth Chief Datuk Seri
Hishammuddin Hussein has denied that his statement on what Gerakan Youth
Deputy Chief S. Paranjothy said was a threat.
Hishammudin said he was not threatening anyone nor being emotional when he
said that UMNO Youth and Barisan Nasional would sever relationship with
Gerakan if the Gerakan Acting President Tan Sri Dr. Koh Tsu Koon could not
give a satisfactory explanation and response on Paranjothy’s statement for
saying two things:
• that the 30,000 Indians who
took part in the Hindraf demonstration in Kuala Lumpur on November 25 did
so to express their frustration and anger because the community had been
“marginalized, oppressed and ignored”.
• Blaming UMNO leaders, particularly the UMNO Youth Leader Hishammuddin
and Deputy UMNO Youth Leader Khairy Jamaluddin for racial posturing and
inciting racial sentiments among Malays to gain political mileage – citing
as examples the keris-wielding episodes against the former and the public
castigation of the Indian news vendors by the latter when the UMNO
presidential address of Prime Minister and UMNO President, Datuk Seri
Abdullah Ahmad Badawi was not carried in the press the next day as the
UMNO General Assembly fell on Deepavali, with the next day an annual press
Hishamuddin’s denial that his
statement on Paranjothy was a threat raises the question what would be Tsu
Koon’s reaction if the UMNO Youth had issued his “threat”.
Hishammuddin was however denying the undeniable as everyone, except him,
would have recognized that he had issued an ultimatum and a threat.
Tsu Koon had issued a plaintive complaint that Hishammuddin should not
make statements” that can mar relationship between component parties
within Barisan” when he should have berated Hishammuddin for his arrogance
and presumption in threatening that the Barisan Nasional would sever
relationship with Gerakan as if all the 14 Barisan Nasional component
parties and their leaders, including the Prime Minister and Deputy Prime
Minister, have no minds of their own and were all at the UMNO Youth
leader’s beck and call!
In being forced to take disciplinary action against Paranjothy, Tsu Koon
should have protested against Barisan Nasional double-standards where UMNO
and UMNO Youth leaders enjoy immunity from disciplinary action for
criticizing, insulting and even threatening leaders of other Barisan
Nasional component parties while ultimatums are issued by UMNO and UMNO
Youth leaders against leaders of other Barisan Nasional component parties
if they are criticized by the other Barisan Nasional component parties.
The least Tsu Koon should have done when referring Paranjothy to the
Disciplinary Committee is to lodge a strong protest against the
strong-armed tactics and double standards of Hishammuddin, as well as
validating Paranjothy’s sentiments about the long-standing marginalization
of the Malaysian Indians leading to the Nov. 25 Hindraf demonstration by
30,000 Indians as being most pertinent and legitimate.
Information Minister Datuk Seri Zainuddin Maidin said yesterday that the
people should give little importance to the remarks by Paranjothy because
there were more people with a rational mind in the Barisan Nasional
component parties who could make themselves heard above him.
But Hishammuddin clearly does not agree for he had said in Maran that UMNO
Youth will answer all allegations made by Paranjothy against UMNO and its
leaders as Paranjothy’s accusations were serious and aimed at UMNO Youth
leaders, including Khairy Jamaluddin and himself.
Tsu Koon should requisition for a Barisan Nasional Supreme Council meeting
to demand that UMNO and UMNO Youth leaders stop bullying and intimidating
the leaders from the other Barisan Nasional component parties and a review
why the Barisan Nasional has deviated so far from its original concept as
a coalition of equals to one which is ruled by an over-dominant UMNO and
13 other voiceless and powerless component parties.
Opposition Leader, MP for Ipoh Timur & DAP Central Policy and Strategic
Planning Commission Chairman