I was shocked and felt disgusted by the dishing out of ‘white packets’ to some old Folks at a supposedly Chinese New Year open house organised by the extremist group Perkasa.
It is customary for Chinese to give out red packets during Chinese New year. In fact, the term “Any Pow” so commonly used in Malaysia means “red” packet.
White packet is taboo in CHinese custom. It is normally reserved for showing condolence during a funeral wake. So to invite some old folks and then giving them white packets is akin to inviting someone to your house just to insult them.
Some of the organisers have pleaded ignorance. But that is hardly believeable.
Even if the organisers do not know about Chinese custom, it will take a moron not to see that before and during Chines New Year, every where any person goes in towns and cities, there are red decorations, and many of these decorations are in fact made from red packets. Even if the person is staying in a rural areas, there is no way for him not to notice the TV advertisements aboutChinese new Years where red packets are given out.Furthermore, as a MP, Ibrahim A must have attended many open houses during the past decades, so to plead ignorance is utterly nonsense.
I do not know why they go to such an extent .. This action is not going to endear them to the people, especially the right minded and moderate Malaysians.
I really do not know what they are trying to gain by doing so. If the sole purpose of this organisation is to gain votes for UMNO, they should ask themselves that are they helping UMNO this way? What they are doing is not helping the Top Leader, since this is against the 1Malaysia that the Top leader has been preaching.
No 1 has immediately dissociated the government from this act of giving white packets, but the perception is that this organisation has close association with many of the right wing leaders of the Big brother, so ultimately, there is no escape that many people will blame the Big brother for this.
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Another piece of news that is utterly disgusting is posted in Malaysian Insider today. It is about golf membership of a prestigious golf club being sold at different prices for different ethnic groups.
I blame this sort of thing on the 50 over years of race based politics. Something must be done on this. Otherwise, polarisation, which is already at its worst level now, will get out of hand and that is dangerous.
I will post the photo here :