Wednesday, February 27, 2013
The truth about Ridhuan Tee
Now, S Vell Paari was both shocked and horrified to learn that the Muslim scholar was assigned to teach ethnic relations to this nation’s future military leaders.
Ridhuan’s colleagues from the National Defence University, who met the MIC strategy director at his residence yesterday, claimed that the associate professor was preaching ethnic cleansing instead.
“I was told that there had been complaints from his students, including Malay students, about the sensitive things he mentions during lectures.
“This man’s views threaten racial harmony. Someone should lock him up in a dungeon and throw away the key, let alone give him a teaching job,” Vell Paari told FMT.
Accused of plagiarising
Furthermore, he said there was also the allegation that Ridhuan plagiarised the works of other academics in seeking promotion.
“This is a serious allegation. I was given documentary evidence about this. Ridhuan is accused of copying word for word of one Dr Airil Sametok on the topic ‘The Importance of Research’.
“In his paper, Ridhuan claimed that it was his original work,” he added.
Vell Paari said if the allegation was true, then it was disappointing that a Muslim preacher and a recipient of the Maulidur Rasul award would stoop to such a level.
“For someone who appears on television talking about Islamic values, this is nothing short of cheating and being a fraud,” he added.
The MIC leader also said that he was informed of how Ridhuan managed to obtain the associate professor title in just three years.
“I was told that it takes between five and seven years, and the person’s publications and international reputation are also taken into account.
“So I am wondering if Ridhuan is a genius of sorts,” he added.
Vell Paari said Ridhuan’s colleagues considered him an embarrassment to the academia and a liability to the university.
Apart from this, the MIC leader said he also found it disturbing when told that Ridhuan, a Chinese Muslim convert, was hostile towards his Chinese colleagues and staff.
“The picture painted of him is that of a zealot, a new convert, who is attempting to be more Malay than the Malays themselves. As I said before, the ‘Petaling Street Malay’ syndrome.
“If these allegations are true, then the government must seriously consider sending those responsible for putting people like Ridhuan in universities, on television and in government-related functions for psychological evaluation,” he added.
Vell Paari said he would not budge from his earlier stand as mentioned in his open letter to MIC president G Palanivel.
He also reiterated that he was sick and tired of racial and religious bigots.
Suspend him pending probe
Given the seriousness of the allegations against Ridhuan, the MIC leader stressed that the Higher Education Ministry should initiate a probe and suspend the academic until the investigation was completed.
“If found guilty, he must be sacked and not be allowed to appear on television or grace public functions.
“And for goodness’ sake, stop this man from teaching ethnic relations,” said Vell Paari, adding that he would raise the matter with Higher Education Minister Khaled Nordin.
Meanwhile, FMT learned that Ridhuan was close to a Cabinet minister, who is also a senior Umno leader, and therefore complaints against him went unheeded.
Contacted later for his response, Ridhuan, in a text message, replied: “Do you dare publish such a report? Why target me?”
Commenting on this, Vell Paari said he accepted the dare. “Go ahead and sue me. You are being targeted for being a racist,” he added.
The scholar ruffled feathers when he penned an article for Sinar Harian regarding the temporary ban on Tamil movie “Vishvaroopam” due to being sensitive to the Muslims.
He had criticised MIC for pushing for the ban to be lifted and made disparaging remarks about the Thaipusam festival in Batu Caves.