KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 11, 2015:
DAP supremo Lim Kit Siang today lashed out against Singaporean diplomat Bilahari Kausikan, referring to the latter as a “smart-aleck” and an “ugly Singaporean”.
He said that Bilahari lacked the understanding of what was currently transpiring in Malaysia and that he had no right to comment on the nation’s political and societal state.
“Ugly Singaporeans like Bilahari Kausikan suffer the delusion that they understand the dynamics of what is happening in Malaysia and even have the impertinence to prescribe how citizens in other countries should conduct themselves,” he said in a statement today.
The Gelang Patah lawmaker’s statement came after Bilahari, in his latest Facebook posting ,labelled DAP Member of Parliament Tony Pua as being rude and incoherent.
He added that individuals with Bilahari’s mindset were destructive to the nation’s harmony as they spread confusion and incoherence.
“It is unfortunate Bilahari is giving grist to the mill of those who oppose Malaysia moving away from the politics of race to be replaced with the politics of issues, by continuing to spread the ‘delusion’ that Malaysian politics is a battle between Malays and Chinese when it is increasingly about issues of freedom, justice, the rule of law and good governance.”
The spat between Pua and Bilahari began when the latter first wrote an opinion piece in the Singapore Straits Times claiming that Malaysia’s Chinese youth were “delusional” in their perceived attempt to change a system built around the principle of Malay dominance.
Pua then responded that Bilahari’s description of Bersih 4 rally-goers as “delusional” portrays the island republic as Southeast Asia’s “mercenary prick”.
The DAP publicity chairman also said Bilahari did Singapore no favour by cementing the perception of his country as the “mercenary prick of Southeast Asia”.
Pua also said that those who demonstrated at the Bersih 4 rally had not made racial demands, but had expressed their hopes for a better Malaysia, “defined by justice, good governance and democratic ideals”.