According to a source who attended the meeting, Nasir Safar had ruffled feathers when he labeled the Indians and Chinese in this country as 'pendatang' or immigrants on 2-2-2010.
The B.A.T. appeared this time, we have seen how the R.A.T.'s yell the last time; now the B.A.T., Blind And Transparent or Betul Ada Tujuan. Transparent to disclose the hidden intention, but blind to the sensitivity, and political reality, and even blind to his boss's instruction.
He is the special officer from the Prime Minister Department to a seminar titled 'Rapat 1Malaysia' in Malacca on 2-2-2010, the double 2 day. The seminar was organized by Jasa, the Information Ministry's special affairs division. The members of MIC and MCA, NGOs were attending. His job was to explain to the audience on the One Malaysian Concept to the government supporters and NGOs.
He represented the Prime Minister to brief to the people in Malacca about One Malaysian concept. The way he addressed and comment on the role of the minority community and his remarks was totally unwanted and racist in nature. It failed to make the audience to understand whether he is he talking about One Malaysian or One Malay Concept?,just like a BAT which is using her ultrasonic senses to test the water and seeing the direction, but he is transparent not like the CAT in Penang, where transparent means disclosure without hiding the fact; but this is transparent to disclose the hidden agenda? what actually transpired in the concept that we do no know?.... I wonder and doubtful, and it was a total communication failure in the campaign by the Prime Minister Department. What will the comment deliver or communicate to Malaysian about the One Malaysian Concept?....
Some NGO supported him and said he was mis-constructed; to an official from politically high ranking Prime Minister, and at the seminar to brief the people on the concept introduced by his political boss, the Prime Minister. Moreover at the time of sensitive period where racial sentiment are high. He should be very sensitive and careful for what he intend to deliver. No excuse ..... a sensible person will not give comments on that, at the wrong place, at the wrong time, and wrong concept of One Malaysian. Ironically, some NGO supported him, the intention is clear. Not only communication failure, but political failure....and a failure in publicity and created negative publicity on One Malaysian Concept.
This type of incident is not new, this started long time ago, but the people were not standing up to voice out, due to the teaching of tolerance, and considered sensitive to voice it,prefer to keep silence. In university, in college(on Malaysian Study), in school(on moral education), ........and in History text book... there are abuses of constitutional right of minority. There are many BAT around due to our fear, and tolerances to their act, some are highly organized and structured, planned. They are in the community, we have heard the voice, we have been hurt many times..... May be, a hidden agenda not disclosed....but accidentally disclosed by the officer in the seminar....(note: I still remember an incident happen in the past in Penang, where one reporter was retained, still remember...).
We need to know his political background....to understand his platform.
These are the comments and report from people who were in the seminar(extracted from the media):
"He was saying that the Indians and Chinese came here as immigrants and are now enjoying life in this country. The early Indian immigrants who come to Malaya were beggars.
"He also remarked that the Chinese, especially the women, come here to 'jual tubuh' (flesh trade)," added the source who requested anonymity.
He claimed that Nasir also credited Umno for being solely responsible in drafting the constitution, "sidelining the contribution of the other parties in the Alliance back then."
Nasir Safar, special officer to Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak, will tender his resignation over alleged racial remarks made during a seminar in Malacca, authorities said.
A statement from the Prime Minister's Office Tuesday said the remarks allegedly made by Safar did not in any way reflect the views of the prime minister.
The Star 4-2-2010
The racist re-marks made by Datuk Nasir Safar have hurt the feelings of the non-Malays, in particular the Chinese and Indians, MCA president Datuk Seri Ong Tee Keat said.
He said his remarks with regard to the citizenship of non-Malays provoked sensitivities and encroached on the constitutional guarantee for all Malaysian citizens. Ti said in a statement that action should be taken against anybody irrespective of rank or status when they uttered racist or seditious remarks.
The Star 3-2-2010
The citizenship of non-Malays in the country should never be questioned, said former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
He said there was a provision in the Federal Constitution stating that while Malays were the indigenous people, non-Malays had their right to citizenship.
“That should not be questioned. We cannot banish our citizens now. The Constitution provides that you cannot take away citizenship,” he told reporters after opening the Malaysian Liver Foundation building at Ara Damansara here on Wednesday.
He said the remarks were totally inconsistent with the 1Malaysia concept espoused by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.
“Many of us are saddened and outraged by the statement. It reeks of racism, is highly inconsiderate and totally unacceptable".
The fate befalling the Prime Minister’s former special officer Datuk Nasir Safar should be a lesson for all to be more racially sensitive in future, said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.
He gave the advice following Nasir’s resignation on Wednesday evening following his alleged racist remarks at a Rapat 1Malaysia seminar in Malacca on Tuesday.
Najib said the citizenship of every Malaysian should not be questioned by anyone as it is a right enshrined in the Federal Constitution.
He added that Nasir had apologised and accepted responsibility for his statements.
Tun Tan Siew Sin and Tun VT Sambanthan were recognized as one of the founding fathers of modern day Malaysia, along with Tunku Abdul Rahman. I wonder Tunku, Tun Tan Cheng Lock, and Tun Sambanthan will jump out from their graves if they hear the comment by Nasir, telling Nasir to re-read the history book, and that he is wrong.....
We the ordinary citizen are mad and angry on the issue; it is racist and political; not acceptable and need a public apology to all Malaysian citizen, the silence majority who are not with any political parties. The politician are playing the sentiment again....
The police should act fast this time....as he is a bold BAT(Bad and Terrible).....
A sad day for Malaysia......Malaysia is sick...
For those who had forgotten the history on formation of Malaysia, please read the article at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hari_Merdeka