Malaysia

Wan Azizah condemns ‘Suara Pakatan Rakyat’ for insulting Kadazan dance

September 11, 2012

KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 11 — PKR denied tonight it had anything to do with a website that had published an article disparaging Sabahan culture, with party president Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail calling it abhorrent and an attempt at psychological warfare against Pakatan Rakyat.

The suarapakatanrakyat.com website had published an article attacking Datuk Seri Najib Razak for allegedly participating in a traditional Kadazandusun dance known as Sumazau and called it a performance for those with low morals.

“While the site tries hard to appear as a Pakatan Rakyat mouthpiece, it is not. I repeat, that this website has nothing to do with Pakatan Rakyat, a coalition of PKR, DAP and PAS,” said Wan Azizah (picture) in a statement issued tonight.

She added that neither PKR nor PR had any links to the website which she said was suspicious in nature.

The site has a story denigrating the rich culture of Sabah which she said had spread online, adding that this was abhorrent.

“If anything, Pakatan fights hard to defeat the kind of prejudice and bigotry sites like “Suara Pakatan Rakyat” champion. I fear this may be only the beginning of a series of masked surgical attacks intended to character assassinate Pakatan Rakyat, its component parties, with the general election coming ever closer.

“Parti Keadilan Rakyat works tireless to realise a Malaysia which is democratic, tolerant and free of hate. ‘Suara Pakatan Rakyat’ and those behind it, should be ashamed of themselves, hiding in the anonymity of the internet, and showing insidious and despicable behaviour in pretending to represent Pakatan Rakyat.”

In the same statement issued by the party, PKR deputy secretary general and its Penampang divisional chairman, Darell Leiking, said he was aghast at the article.

“The intent of the article is highly suspicious as such an article whilst critical of Najib Razak is also clearly intended to discriminate and demean the Kadazan culture.

“The writer has his obvious intent in creating a misunderstanding among our Kadazan supporters and is clearly intended to destroy the converge strength of our party based on the mutual respect and cohesiveness between our supporters from Sabah, Sarawak and Peninsula,” he said.