YOURSAY 'Dear PM, perhaps your advice would be more useful if you channelled it to Malay rights pressure group Perkasa.'
PM appeals to S'gor youth to drop confrontational culture
Opah: In August 2009, a group of protestors against the relocation of a temple to a ‘Muslim area' in Shah Alam dragged a cow's head from the Shah Alam mosque to the menteri besar's office. Some of them spat and stepped on the head.
According to Malaysiakini, our home minister at the time had said, "Those involved in the ‘cow-head' protest in Shah Alam last week cannot be blamed for the controversy."
Hishammuddin also said, "They just wanted their voices to be heard." So how come suddenly it's "stop the confrontational culture" for BN?
P Dev Anand Pillai: Dear PM, perhaps your advice would be more useful if you channelled it to Malay rights pressure group Perkasa.
The young of today cannot be cheated into submission anymore. The truth is out there for all to see. You may have the entire arsenal and machinery at hand, but you don't have truth on your side.
Odin: Unfortunately for PM Najib Razak, the youths he's hoping to win over are of the Internet era. Except for those who refuse to face reality, I am certain that most of them know exactly what sort of a person he is.
Anonymous1234: Ah Jib Gor (brother Najib), please don't take Malaysian youths for a ride. You can bluff us a few times but you can't bluff us all the time.
We are not so dumb as you think; we read both sides of the story and only then make up our minds as to who/what is right or wrong, fair or unfair.
Looking at the way BN says one thing to the Malays and another thing to the non-Malays, we can judge your and BN's sincerity.
Bola Golf: I agree with Najib that we must uphold the non-confrontational culture. So Mr PM, can you advise your paid thugs not to attack others who do not agree with Umno's policies?
Not to forget, if you lose GE13, just hand over your office in a peaceful manner to the new prime minister.
Yum: May I ask how a political party managed to get my name, address, birth date, and my cell phone number to send me this letter, and birthday wishes via SMS? What happened to the Data Privacy Act?
Boiling Mud: If the Selangor youth laugh off and ignore the appeal, what then? Handcuff them and put them in jail for their own protection?
Vgeorgemy: Najib, it is very easy to pacify the youth of the Selangor. They only need you to condemn the activities of the outsourced thugs of Umno, especially Perkasa under the patronage of Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
We are very well aware that the arrogance of Umno doesn't permit you to write such a humble request. As such, we are rejecting the letter written by some copywriter in a PR (public relations) firm to dupe the youth of the nation.
Cintaman: How come Najib did not send any letters in Tamil? Is it because the Indians are not confrontational? Or that they don't care about the Indians?
Swipenter: The Umno-BN government is pushing the young generation against the wall. They see a bleak future ahead of them. Just imagine taking up to eight years to pay off their car installments and owning a house is beyond the reach for many.
They are also not blind to how the rich, the corrupt and their offsprings flaunt their wealth. Many of them know how hard their parents slogged day and night to put food on the table and to educate them.
When they marched for social justice, equal opportunity, fair treatment, rule of law and to end corruption, they were confronted by barbed wires, chemical-laced water canons, tear gas and police brutality. They were also branded as unpatriotic.
Every action elicits a corresponding reaction. I urged the young generation to be politically conscious of what is happening to our country and act according to their sense of justice, fairness, equality, good governance and national unity.
OMG: People who live in glass houses should not throw stones. Stop the rowdies and thugs, improve public safety, reduce crime and stop corruption. Then maybe you deserve a chance to be heard. Till then, talk to the hand.
Ex-wfw: To conclude that the younger generation resisted the approach by BN just for the sake it, is insulting to say the least.
If you had acted against all the wantonness that had taken place, I am sure they would have approach BN is a more positive manner. Instead, the people you have chosen to champion some of your causes appear not only headless but without any consideration for the rest of the Malaysian society.
On top of that, the government openly practises double standards on so many issues that any apolitical, educated and rationally-thinking person will find it hard to accept. So, the ball is at your feet. PM.
Quigonbond: Asking the youth to be less confrontational is the same as asking BN to turn over a new leaf and be incorruptible.
I suspect the end result is therefore this common refrain: "Why should we?"
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