Umno has distanced itself from the racially charged rants of a member of its Wanita wing against law undergraduate KS Bawani.
Umno supreme council member Saifuddin Abdullah said that Norhayati Saiddin’s post, on her Facebook page yesterday, telling Bawani to study in India if she wanted free education was “personal opinion.”
Norhayati had also posted that the Indian community were making too many demands, claiming Indians living in estates in the past never knew what a toilet was before Barisan Nasional came along.
Said Saifuddin: “This lady’s statement is her personal opinion and does not reflect Umno or BN’s stand.
“Her statement is unbecoming, especially in the context of 1Malaysia.”
Other BN leaders have also distanced themselves from Norhayati’s statement.
“It’s uncalled for and a very stupid statement,” said an angry Gerakan secretary-general Teng Chang Yeow.
Calling it an unnecessary comment, Teng said that Norhayati’s statement only reflected the latter’s mentality.
“She should go read the nation’s history before opening her mouth,” said Teng, who added that he would take up the matter with Umno leadership.
MIC secretary-general S Murugesan concurred with Teng’s assessment, saying he did not expect such comments to come from a fellow member of component party.
“We have to check whether Norhayati is an Umno member. If she is, we will put our unhappiness on record,” he said, adding that he will refer the matter to BN secretary-general Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor and Umno Wanita chief, Shahrizat Abdul Jalil.
Murugesan also said that such racially charged statements by any Malaysian should not be tolerated, especially from a BN component party.
“There is no room for such comments in a progressive and united Malaysia,” he said.
Bawani shot to fame after a video of her being berated by Suara Wanita 1Malaysia chief Sharifah Zohra Jabeen went viral on the Internet.
Sharifah was seen patronizing Bawani for asking questions on free education. The former even told the latter to move to other country if she wanted free education.
This was what Norhayati posted on her Facebook page :
The critical comments of a Wanita Umno member regarding law student KS Bawani is causing a stir.
In her Facebook posting, Norhayati Saiddin wrote: “Deii Bawani.. kalau mau pendidikan percuma tanggechi pergi ler belajar sana India… you mother land.. sana tanggechi boleh dapat pree… ammakk!!” (Bawani… if you want free education, go and study in India, your motherland. There you can get free…)
“Untung lorrr… dulu India banyak duduk estet… itu jamban pun lu orang tarak tau… sekarang India org banyak mahu sebab itu BN ada perintah ini negeri.” (It’s a privilege.. before Indians mostly lived in estates. They didn’t even know toilets. Now Indians have a lot of demands that is why BN rules this country.)
Norhayati's Facebook also had a photograph of her posing with three other Wanita Umno members at a function.
Some people who found her comments offensive took a screen capture of the statement and Facebook and tagged her to the photo.
One Facebook user Tajol Ariffin Omar questioned the need for Indians to vote for Umno candidates following such offensive comments.
“It is Umno members’ mentality. Indian voters do you still want to vote for Umno?” Tajol wrote and posted a photo which read: “Umno then, now and forever racist”
The photo was also shared in various Facebook group pages such as “1,000,000 Chinese don’t want MCA to represent the Chinese.”
Bawani had become an overnight sensation went a video of her being reprimanded by a pro-government NGO leader went viral on the Internet.
I honestly do not blame Norhayati for saying those things about Bawani, crude and racial as it may sound, because it is part of UMNO's DNA. So to all right-thinking Malaysians, especially our Indian brethren, do you still think UMNO care for you when all they can associate you with is nothing else than a toilet. Before this 'jamban' comment, they have already branded the Indians as double-headed snakes, pariah, drunkards and keling. I am really surprised that the Indians could really stomach all these ridicules. As for Norhayati, you are a disgrace to the human race for making such a shitty comment.