DAP veteran leader Lim Kit Siang’s self-declaration of being a true Malaysian patriot has prompted Umno leader Salleh Said Keruak to make a reference to several past historical events that had caused the death of millions due to acts of patriotism.
Salleh said that most historians would agree that Adolf Hitler was a patriot and that Naziism was the product of this patriotism.
But, he said Hilter’s act of patriotism claimed 100 million lives in World War II.
Salleh pointed out that the war in Serbia and Bosnia that took so many lives was a result of an act of patriotism, and so were the Vietnam War and the Cambodian ‘killing fields’.
“But I am sure the millions of dead did not think so,” said Salleh, who is also the communications and multimedia minister.
The Umno treasurer- general said in his latest blog posting today that patriotism “was not by saying it but by what you do.”
“Some people claim that they are criticising the prime minister and running down the country out of patriotism.
“Sabotaging Malaysia’s economy by frightening off foreign investors is not an act of patriotism, but an act of treason,” rebuked Salleh.
Although Salleh did not mention anyone by name, it was obvious that he was referring to Kit Siang in his posting.
Yesterday Kit Siang reportedly said that he and former Premier Mahathir Mohamad were true patriots, who were on a mission to save the country.
However, Salleh countered that if anyone wanted to impress Malaysians with their patriotism, it had to start with the spirit of national anthem – Negaraku, and the national charter, Rukun Negara.
“You cannot be opposed to all these and have your own version and interpretation of patriotism,” chided Salleh.
In an immediate response to Salleh’s taunts today, Kit Siang has challenged the prime minister or any senior Umno leaders for a debate on either ‘Who is a Malaysian Patriot’ or ‘What are the challenges of a Malaysian Patriot in 2017’.
He also dared Salleh to organise the debate.
“Salleh’s blog posting had ridiculed those who considered themselves as patriots.
“If Salleh dares to organise such a public debate, I would accept the challenge without hesitation,” said the Gelang Patah MP.