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All must speak up against Badruddins statement

I refer to the report May 13 threat won't distract us, says DAP.

It is indeed sad to note the silence of MCA, Gerakan, MIC, Parti Keadilan Rakyat and PAS in failing to make a stand until today (correct me if I am wrong) regarding Umno's new permanent deputy chairperson Badruddin Amiruldin's recent statement at the party's annual general assembly on Friday.

Badruddin had warned that any attempt to question Malay rights was 'akin to stirring a hornet's nest'. In this respect it is worthwhile to ponder what Pastor Martin Niemoller (a victim of the Nazis) once said:

'In Germany, the Nazis came first for the Communists, and I didn't speak up because I was not a Communist. Then they came for the Jews, and didn't speak up because I was not a Jew. Then they came for the trade unionists, and I didn't speak up because I was not a trade unionist. Then they came for the Catholics, and I was a Protestant and so I didn't speak up. Then they came for me, and by that time there was no one left to speak for anyone.'