THE Home Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi has, since the last general election been behaving unbecoming of a Minister of Malaysia. He behaved his worst on October 6, 2013, in Melaka when he committed multiple serious mistakes against the nation.
GBM is aghast at his behavior. It is totally unacceptable of a Minister of any country!
Blatantly ignoring the fact that 51 per cent of the peoples’ popular vote in the13th General Election went against UMNO, Zahid Hamidi told the Malaysians that 51 per cent of them could leave the country and settle elsewhere. This showed his total disregard for the choice the rakyat and his disrespect for democracy.
Last Sunday, 6th of October 2013, he was in Melaka to brief the people on issues related to national security. In the supposedly closed door meeting, Zahid Hamidi had the audacity to declare that the “Three Line Gang”, a banned Malay gang, as a friendly “festive gangsters” and cheered them on to do what has to be done. This is a blatant racist call to the Malay underworld to continue with their acts of gangsterism. GBM is constrained to state that lending support to gangsters of any type is contradictory to the responsibilty of the Home Affairs Minister.
With an eye on the forthcoming UMNO General Assembly and his aggressive lobbying for the VP post, Zahid ranted that the Chinese underworld were the head of gangsters and the Indians, the operators. He rationalised that the combination of these two pendatang races in the underworld rendered the Malays as their victims. GBM firmly believes that supporting the Malay gangsters, branding the Chinese and the Indians as head gangsters and operators respectively and declaring the Malays as the victims of gangsterism is unmistakably a racist discourse and a heinous scheme that can provoke racial emotions of the rakyat.
He warned the journalists present at his so-called closed door meeting not to report the racist slurs that he had indulged in at the meeting. He threatened them with the closure of their papers. He had earlier threatened a young journalist, Lawrence Yong of Malaysiakini. His threats to muzzle the press violated the freedom of speech as guaranteed by our Constitution.
Another major misdeed of Zahid has been his “shoot first” statement.
GBM is not defending common criminals. It will, however take to task those vested with power, like the Home Minister and the IGP, when they act in total disregard of the Rule of Law.
GBM deeply regrets that our Prime Minister, while busy and active globe-trotting promoting moderation, has done nothing to restrain or reprimand the Home Minister Zahid Hamidi or the IGP.
GBM calls upon the Prime Minister to heed the call of the people and act swiftly to restrain ministers the likes of Zahid Hamidi, and police personnel to tone down their racist innunedos and “shoot first” calls and ensure the security personnel act in a professional manner so as to win back the confidence of the people.
GBM, with utmost respect, would like to urge the Prime Minister to advise and caution the members of the Cabinet to conduct themselves in the best interests of the people of this country and to embrace unequivocally the Constitution and the precept, “Rule of Law” as the supreme weapon against lawlessness, towards ensuring peace and order in the nation and to ensure that Rule of Law rules our Country.
Issued by the Executive Council of GBM
GBM comprises of the following 25 Member Organisations:
1. Kuala Lumpur & Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall (KLSCAH) 吉隆坡暨雪兰莪中华大会堂
2. Aliran 国民醒觉运动
3. Tamil Foundation 淡米尔基金会
4. Pertubuhan IKRAM Malaysia (IKRAM) 马来西亚回教革新理事会
5. Majlis Perundingan Malaysia Agama Buddha, Krisitian, Hindu, Sikh dan Tao (MPMA-BKHST) 马来西亚五大宗教理事会
6. Negeri Sembilan Chinese Assembly Hall (NSCAH) 森美兰中华大会堂
7. Penang Chinese Town Hall (PGCTH) 槟城华人大会堂
8. The Federation of Chinese Associations Johore State (FCAJ) 柔佛中华总会
9. Lim Lian Geok Cultural Development Centre (LLG) 林连玉基金
10. United Chinese School Alumni Associations of Malaysia (UCSAAM) 马来西亚华校校友会联合会总会
11. Muslim Professionals Forum (MPF) 穆斯林专业论坛
12. Suara Rakyat Malaysia (SUARAM) 人民之声
13. Pusat Komunikasi Masyarakat (KOMAS) 社区传播中心
14. Saya Anak Bangsa Malaysia (SABM) 马来西亚之子
15. Persatuan Masyarakat Selangor dan Wilayah Persekutuan (Permas) 雪隆社区协会
16. National Indian Rights Action Team (NIAT) 全国印裔权益行动组织
17. People’s Green Coalition (PGC) 马来西亚人民绿色联盟
18. Anak Muda Sarawak (AMS) 砂拉越青年之子
19. All Women’s Action Society (AWAM) 妇女行动协会
20. Partners in Community Organising (Pacos Trust) 沙巴社区伙伴信托组织
21. Persatuan Bekas Siswazah Universiti dan Kolej di China, Malaysia (Liu-Hua) 马来西亚留华同学会
22. Nanyang University Alumni Malaya (Nanda) 马来亚南大校友会
23. Japan Graduates Association, Malaysia (JAGAM) 马来西亚留日同学会
24. Gabungan Persatuan Alumni Universiti Taiwan Malaysia (GPAUTM) 马来西亚留台校友会联合总会
25. Islamic Renaissance Front (IRF) 回教复兴前线组织