Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Hishammuddin calls Anwar a Malay traitor

Hishammuddin calls Anwar a Malay traitor
By Shannon Teoh

KUALA LUMPUR, March 25 — Umno Youth chief Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein has unsurprisingly attacked those who question the social contract and Bumiputera privileges as provocateurs of racial tension, singling out Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.

Making a clear reference to the former Youth chief and now Opposition Leader in his opening speech at the wing’s general assembly today, he used the term “Si Petualang,” meaning traitor, for selling out Malay rights in the quest for power.

He accused Anwar of being manipulative and doing things “differently in front, and differently behind,” a reference to the former deputy prime minister’s sodomy charge with drew cheers from the 793 delegates.

“Because they are power crazy, they are willing to do anything. Si Petualang is willing to sow the seeds of hate, cooperate with the enemy, deny the rights of his own race and insult his homeland in various forums across the world.

“He is ready to insult the institution of Malay rulers and whoever else to fulfil his greed,” he said, adding that no matter “how he escaped their trap, the trap would never forget him.”

The education minister also added that those who have questioned the social contract and the special position of Malays and Bumiputeras were being proud and arrogant.

“The social contract has purposely been misinterpreted to light the flames of racism. They purposely refuse to discuss the social contract from a historical perspective, that it was agreed to by all races,” he said.

Referring to the opposition in Parliament, he warned them not to take advantage of the immunity of the Dewan Rakyat to show off their courage.

He also said that the Feb 5 takeover of Perak was divine justice by the power of God after Anwar had made the false claim that Pakatan Rakyat would take over Federal Government on Sep 16 last year.

Hishammuddin also refuted claims that the 12th General Election, where Barisan Nasional suffered heavy losses just over a year ago, was a starting point for the “end of a party that has been great and strong all this time.”

“Umno should not be so pessimistic. What happened was a wake up call,” he said, explaining that mere physical development was no longer sufficient.

Instead, Umno should fight for “politics with value and meaning” that he claimed to have initiated within the Youth wing that has brought it closer to the grassroots.

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