By TAY TIAN YAN
Translated by Soong Phui Jee
Sin Chew Daily
I am willing to believe that Perak DAP secretary Nga Kor Ming is not a racist. However, he must spend a greater effort to convince more people.
Nga called Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Zambry Abdul Kadir a “metallic black person”.
Perhaps, it is a kind of oratory, which uses stinging satiric adjectives to create effects and gain more applause.
Giving speech is Nga's strength, he knows what the audience is thinking. It is not difficult for him to add a humorous sentence in every paragraph and a startling word in every sentence.
Meanwhile, Zambry is a good target, the DAP knows his weakness. However, Zambry and "metallic black"? No, definitely no.
Any kind of explanation would not help the remarks escape from racism, particularly in politics, colours are a taboo.
Even in the US, let's say if Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich calls President Barack Obama a "metallic black person", I believe that he would have to give up running for president within a week under the pressure and boycott of the country.
This is a consensus of a civilised society. We cannot make fuss about a person's skin colour.
Nga and his "metallic black" remarks have become a topic at the Umno general assembly. However, it does not mean that Umno has suddenly become a political party that does not care about skin colour.
Instead, Umno could plausibly tell the country that: you call Umno a racist, but Umno does not do so; since the DAP has done it, it is the true extreme racist party. Could the DAP refute it?
A word can always form an image of a politician or a political party. It is indeed not worthy to pay such a long-term negative cost just to gain applause of a few hundred listeners in a lecture hall.
This is a lesson for many young leaders of the DAP. Leaders of the new generation can feel the people's resentment and thus, they enjoy using the resentment formed after the 2008 general election to boost public morale.
It is a shortcut to please the people. However, they might be carried away by the applause and start to launch personal attacks and use vulgar words to gain more applause.
Leaders of the new generation are originally rational in politics. However, when they find not much applause along the path, they shifted to an aggressive one.
It is actually a trap. Young politicians would then turn into populists and as a result, their images and ideals fade away. It depends on patience and accomplishments to stay long in politics.