by Ahmad Ismail, UMNO Division Chief, Bukit Bendera
"I want them (the Chinese) to know, I want them to take this as a warning from the Malays.
Malays and Muslims have been provoked many times. We have been patient because we want to maintain stability in the country.
Remember! The patience of Malays and Muslims has its limits.
Do not push us to the wall, where we will be forced to reject the Chinese for the sake of our survival.
If what I say sounds too strong for BN, take this as a warning from the Malays and Muslims as this has nothing to do with Umno.
Do not pressure Umno leaders until they are caught in a dilemma."
- Ahmad Ismail
Mr. Prime Minister, your UMNO Division Chief for Bukit Bendera, Ahmad Ismail, is making a mockery of the laws of the land, and he, as UMNO Division Chief is now challenging YOUR Government to enforce its own draconian Internal Security Act.
Mr.Prime Minister, you and your Cabinet Ministers must show decisive and strong leadership at this crucial moment when one of your senior party members from your own home state questions the spirit of the founding fathers of Malaysia.
This is NOT the time for the Government and UMNO to play partisan politics when racial harmony is at a knife-edge.
This IS the time for UMNO to show that it CAN govern the country and it WILL protect the national security of this nation.
Racist UMNO members must NOT be allowed to be seen as privileged citizens above the law, especially when offensive remarks aimed at racial incitement are made in public.
We urge you to take immediate action: Ahmad Ismail must be arrested and charged for sedition and for inciting racial unrest.
Tun Dr. Mahathir should also come out to DISSOCIATE himself from this racial incitement by Ahmad Ismail, despite Datuk Seri Mohd Khir Toyo in his blog had indirectly linked Dr. Mahathir to the 13 May 1969 racial riot.
Take Stern Action, urges Armed Forces Chief Tan Sri Abdul Aziz Zainal
From Malaysia Bar Council Website
Armed Forces Chief General Tan Sri Abdul Aziz Zainal said the Government should take stern action against those who stoke racial sentiments.
He said racial issues should not be raised as it could create chaos and disorder.
He said at the Putra World Trade Centre here:
"Racial issues are the most feared by security forces as they could lead to chaos.
They are a security threat."
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Ahmad Ismail Threatens and Provokes Chinese Malaysians and Inflames Dangerous Racial Sentiments Among Malays
Read here in Malaysiakini
Penang Umno leader Ahmad Ismail, the man at the centre of the ‘racial slur' controversy, warned Chinese Malaysians not to mimic American Jews who not only seek to control the country's economy but also its political power.
The press conference, which was held at the Penang Umno headquarters this afternoon, ended with shouts of ‘Hidup Melayu' from about 50 local party leaders who were there.
The Bukit Bendera Umno chief said that he was asked by Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi to hold "another press conference".
Abdullah who had earlier told the powerful local Umno leader to do so, was silent on the issue the next day when he met with Penang Umno leaders, including Ahmad.
Ahmad Ismail said at the press conference:
"I want them to know, I want them to take this as a warning from the Malays. Malays and Muslims have been provoked many times. We have been patient because we want to maintain stability in the country.Ahmad also called upon BN leaders to "kick Gerakan.
Remember! The patience of Malays and Muslims has its limits. Do not push us to the wall, where we will be forced to reject the Chinese for the sake of our survival.
If what I say sounds too strong for BN, take this as a warning from the Malays and Muslims as this has nothing to do with Umno. Do not pressure Umno leaders until they are caught in a dilemma."
Soon after the event, former Penang Umno committee member Zainol Abidin Hashim, with the help from his colleagues pulled down the photo of Gerakan acting president Dr Koh Tsu Koon which adorned one of the walls in the party headquarters.
Koh's picture frame, which sat next to the photos of the Penang governor and his wife, was subsequently smashed.
As the glass broke into pieces, Zainol removed Koh's photo from the frame and tore it into half.
Ahmad Ismail sounded a dire warning to Koh and Gerakan.
"I want Koh Tsu Koon and Gerakan to take responsibility for whatever untoward incidents that could happen in this country of ours."