It is obviously not expected that an UMNO leader will come out to openly condemn the racist and bigotry displayed by the extremists who demonstrated with a severed cow's head protesting against the building of a Hindu temple near their residential area.
But to hear Minister of Home Affairs, Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein, who is in-charge of our local police force to come out and openly defend the actions of these extremists (see Malaysiakini and Malaysian Insider), it is downright abhorrent.
"They felt victimised and feel that there is another valid explanation on their part. There was no intention on their part to cause racial divide. They, the organisers, who are sitting left and right of me, didn’t even know that somebody was going to bring the head of the cow during that demonstration." [Hishammuddin] said.
He added that the residents only wanted their voices to be heard but it was unfortunate that "the publicity they received was negative because it was linked with racial and religious sentiments."
Can you believe that a cow-head would just drop from the sky? Did he not forget that the same guy who is protesting "innocence" over the cow-head is the same one who threatened bloodshed over the building of the temple?
"I challenge YB Khalid, YB Rodziah and Xavier Jeyakumar to go on with the temple construction. I guarantee bloodshed and racial tension will happen if this goes on, and the state will be held responsible," shouted Ibrahim Haji Sabri...
Never mind the double-standards in UMNO and police enforcement - you can only imagine that all hell would have broken loose if any non-Muslims had attempt the same stunt (and I pray that it will never ever happen) against the building of a mosque. Or the fact that peaceful demonstrators holding candlelight vigils are beaten up, spray with tear gas and water cannon, and arrested, but the police took absolutely no action against any of these extremist protestors.
But more importantly, is this the 1Malaysia spirit that our Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak would like to promote as his vision?
Obviously Hishammuddin, infamous for his keris act which he had belatedly apologised for, has not learnt his lesson. Najib must openly rebuke his Home Minister, seek his open apology to all right-thinking Malaysians (sincerely this time) or sack him from the Cabinet for non-performance in his so-called "performance now" Cabinet.