Nazri’s criticism of Umno-owned Utusan over its support for Perkasa reflects growing unease – even within Umno circles – of the paper’s leanings and a growing realisation that the right-wing group is going to cost BN plenty of votes.
Nazri has asked Utusan if its wants Mahathir to replace Najib. His outburst can be found here.
He has also taken on the Utusan columnist who goes by the pseudonym Awang Selamat and challenged him to reveal his identity: “I hope he can be a man like me and prove that he is not scared of criticism by coming out in the open and not hiding behind the pseudonym that he uses.”
Many have praised Nazri for coming out in the open in his letter to declare that he is Malaysian first and Malay second.
Wouldn’t it be better though if we all think of ourselves as human beings first – connected to one another by an invisible spiritual bond so that whenever any of us is hurting or in need, others would be compelled to come to his or her aid. And that includes the migrants and refugees facing exploitation, languishing in our detention centres or waiting to be whipped.
We are all part of a common human family that increasingly has to deal with global issues and crises that transcend national boundaries. The values we share in common – justice, compassion, solidarity – far outweigh the differences (real or imagined) that we may have.