UMNO Youth KLFT Chief, Razlan Rafii, should be disciplined for asking a Malaysian Citizen to ‘Balik Tongsan’

Media Statement by Dr. Ong Kian Ming, MP for Serdang, on the 21st of July, 2014

This morning, UMNO Youth KLFT Chief, Razlan Rafii, directed the following tweets at me:

Isteri Pemimpin #DAP Tan Poh See berkata #Malaysia adlh jenis Negara tak guna? @imokman ask her balik tongsan kalau tak setia pada Negara! 

Yuki Tan.. @imokman kenal ke siapa ni? Seorang isteri orang Kuat #DAP menghina #Malaysia insiden #MH17! Memalukan Negara! Elok balik tongsan

These tweets are in reference to the remarks made by Yuki Tan, the wife of Tanjung MP, on her facebook account. She has since apologized for those statements.

Sadly, it seems that UMNO and UMNO Youth never learns from their past mistakes. It is deeply insulting and offensive for anyone to ask a fellow Malaysia to leave his or her country of birth. It is even more offensive when this is done by an UMNO Youth leader representing the Federal Territory. It smacks of racism and is very similar in nature to the ‘pendatang’ remarks made by UMNO Bukit Bendera division chief, Datuk Ahmad Ismail, in 2008. Datuk Ahmad Ismail was suspended for 3 years from UMNO as a result of his remarks and was stripped of his posts in UMNO during this time.

It seems that Razlan Rafii has not learned from the mistakes of Datuk Ahmad Ismail. Or perhaps he is trying to be a ‘hero’ within UMNO Youth since Datuk Ahmad Ismail himself was not repentant even after he was suspended for 3 years and came back to once again win the UMNO Bukit Bendera division chief position in 2010.[1]

If UMNO is serious about national unity and eradicating racism and racist behaviour in Malaysia, it should start within its own ranks by disciplining UMNO KLFT Youth Chief for asking a fellow Malaysian to ‘balik tongsan’. This is the same UMNO Youth leader who threatened to burn down the DAP headquarters in Kuala Lumpur in May 2014.[2] The failure to do some would only encourage more UMNO leaders, including those in UMNO Youth, to continue to spew out racially offensive remarks and makes a total mockery of Prime Minister Najib’s 1Malaysia program.

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