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'Durian' feud – Nga cites ancient poem, dismisses MCA's apology demand

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Perak DAP chief Nga Kor Ming has added a poetic twist to the ongoing thorny debate with MCA, arguing that an object's shape is determined by vantage points. 

Penned centuries ago, he cited the poem of Chinese statesman and poet Su Shi to drive home the point.

"Seen from the front, Lushan Mountain is a continuous and rolling range, while seen from the side, it turns into a single towering peak. It takes on different shapes as you see it from different perspectives – far or near, high or low.

"The reason why I can’t tell the true shape of Lushan Mountain is that I myself am standing on the mountain. I can't see it as a whole," read the poem, which he included in a media statement.

According to Nga, this is the reason he had likened the MCA logo to a durian, particularly the more expensive Musang King variant.

He also disagreed with MCA deputy president Wee Ka Siong, who argued that the logo represented the national flag Jalur Gemilang.

Nga said as far as he is concerned, the yellow star against the blue backdrop does not look like the Jalur Gemilang.

Therefore, the DAP leader said the issue of apologising does not arise.

Over the weekend, Nga told a press conference that the MCA logo resembled a durian when commenting on the party's decision to use its own logo instead of BN's in the upcoming Balakong by-election.

This prompted Wee to accuse Nga of disrespecting the national flag.

“The (fourteen-pointed) star represents the 13 states and Federal Territories. He called it a 'durian'; and disrespected our flag and nation.

“Insolent. Please apologise,” wrote the MCA leader on Facebook.

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