So, our Malay 'wira' has committed a gaffe by handing out white packets during a recent Chinese New Year gathering at the Sultan Sulaiman Club in Kampung Baru, instead of the traditional red. Wow, that certainly stirred up a hornet's nest from the Chinese community. But then, the excuse given was, by PERKASA's deputy president, Abdul Rahman Bakar, that they ran out of red packets and had no choice but to resort to using the white ones. I wonder how many of the guests did receive the red packets anyway.
Ibrahim Ali on his part pleaded ignorance and said that he was not aware of this Chinese taboo, i.e. white packets associated with funerals. If one was to observe from the picture below, even the table cloth was white in colour. Aha, was this intentional or what?
What was even more offending was that many of the guests were senior citizens [as can be seen from the above picture]. Giving them the white packet is like telling them, "Your end is near. Good luck to you, and here is something to help you on the way."
Although MCA denied that they were involved in organising the gathering, but their man, Seputeh division committee member Collin Tiew, was there and should have sounded the alarm bell before Ibrahim Ali started his distribution of the white packets. But he didn't, and he just stood there looking helpless, and at times, helping Ibrahim Ali in the distribution.
Since Ibrahim is a Malay, if he had ran out of red packets, he could have resorted to the use of the green packets, those distributed during the Hari Raya festivities. It would still have not looked so bad.
This act of bad omen has even reached the shores of Sabah. Read here.