Tuesday, November 4, 2014

BARU BIAN: ZAINUDDIN MAIDIN’S NAME-CALLING A DISGRACE


PRESS STATEMENT
3 NOVEMBER 2014

I refer to former minister Zainuddin Maidin’s statement labeling James Masing as a tool of Pakatan Rakyat for criticizing the latest seizure of Christian VCDs and books which contain the word ‘Allah’.

I wholly support James Masing’s statement on the seizure, not because he is a Pakatan Rakyat tool but simply because what he said was right. He took a stand on the side of moderation and justice against extremism and religious bigotry, unlike the majority of the UMNO/BN ministers who have chosen to remain silent. It is obvious to all right-minded Malaysians that UMNO/BN leaders like Maidin are fanning the odious flame of religious extremism for political gain.

What is right and just must be supported and I will do so regardless of who stands up for it – whether it is a BN politician or a PR politician, just as I will speak up against what is wrong and unlawful regardless of who the transgressor is. I commend James Masing for increasingly speaking up for the rights of the people and I call on more BN ministers and leaders to follow his lead.

Winston Churchill said ‘The truth is incontrovertible. Malice may attack it, ignorance may deride it, but in the end, there it is.’ Maidin’s laughable response to James Masing’s statement has done nothing to change the truth. If Zainuddin Maidin has no logical or rational rebuttal, it is perhaps best for him not to say anything rather than to resort to childish name-calling.

BARU BIAN
ADUN N70 BA’ KELALAN

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