Let ministers watch Teresa Kok video, DAP tells Najib
DAP adviser Lim Kit Siang today urged Datuk Seri Najib Razak to invite Seputeh MP Teresa Kok to screen her controversial "Onederful Malaysia CNY 2014" video at the Cabinet's weekly meeting tomorrow.
He said this was to stop ministers from making "a fool of themselves" when commenting on the contents of the video.
Saying many ministers have been "misinformed" of the actual meaning of the Mandarin-Cantonese clip, Lim said a proper translation should be provided to them.
The latest to criticise Kok over the 11-minute clip was Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Shabery Cheek, who said it showed the DAP MP's "kiasu attitude", adding that she was "unbecoming of a leader".
Shabery also labelled the video "annoying", "more nauseating" and "more disgusting".
But Lim hit back: "How does Ahmad Shabery know? Has he suddenly understood Mandarin and Cantonese, or was it based on hearsay, and biased and prejudiced hearsay by MCA or Gerakan leaders?"
Yesterday, Rural and Regional Development Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal urged the police to take action against Kok, accusing her of poking fun at the Malaysian security forces involved in the Lahad Datu intrusion in Sabah last year, which saw several policemen killed by Sulu terrorists.
Lim said Shafie should prove his allegation.
"He had clearly been misinformed but he was irresponsible and reckless in making baseless but serious allegations against Teresa," Lim said yesterday.
Lim said today that by ignoring his call only showed that Shafie had been "caught red-handed" in making "a fool of himself".
"Now another Umno minister, Ahmad Shabery, has jumped into the morass with his eyes closed – as he could not have understood Mandarin or Cantonese," Lim added.
Lim reiterated that by inviting Kok to present her clip, the ministers would not by "easily misled" by others on the issue.
"Clearly, among the first persons that need to be educated about political satires are Umno Cabinet ministers like Shafie and Ahmad Shabery," he said, adding that Kok should be congratulated instead of being criticised for her video, which at press time has attracted close to 200,000 views on YouTube since it was uploaded last week.
Lim added that Kok's video did not warrant a police investigation for criminal defamation or sedition.
It was reported today that the police were investigating Kok for allegedly insulting the nation's leaders. – February 4, 2014.