Be rational, Wanita SUPP chief tells her detractors
by Chen Ai Shih, firstname.lastname@example.org. Posted on April 23, 2013, Tuesday
KUCHING: Wanita SUPP chief Amy Tnay earned her title of “Kak Angry” given by netizens overnight with her remark on overseas voters.
In the video clip uploaded to Facebook, Tnay was heard criticising the campaign which encourages Malaysians residing overseas to return home to vote.
She was heard in the clip which was recorded at a SUPP event last Friday to have said that the oversea voters are irresponsible.
“They (the overseas voters) come home, shit, cast a ballot and then pat their buttocks, and leave the country and continue their lives overseas without concern of Malaysians at home how they would be facing Islamic law and PAS.”
She said that was the cause of her anger as these voters do not see the plot of the opposition.
Tnay urged Facebook users to be rational and not simply select parts of her speech to create a distorted picture which portrayed her as a harsh person.
She told a press conference at SUPP headquarters here yesterday that some individuals had apparently taken offence with her talk about Islam and non-Muslims during a ceramah (political talk).
She said Facebook users had expressed their dissatisfaction with her by posting a one-minute video of her allegedly describing voters from overseas as coming home to ‘shit’, vote and then just leave.
Tnay said her speech was 19 minutes long but they homed in on that tiny segment and everything thus went out of context.
She said what she meant was to remind young people not to just come home to vote for the sake of change without thinking of the implications.
“I am glad that many young people are coming home to vote but do they really understand the political situation when they are away from home for a long time?
“I was just telling people what I saw as true and state my stand. That’s my responsibility as a speaker,” she said.
Tnay said the words and body language she used were decent when compared to those used by leaders from the DAP.
“Why were they not attacked like me?” she wondered.
Asked how she felt about the whole episode, Tnay said she respected their right to freedom of speech and they in return should respect hers.
She said she apologised if what she had uttered had unintentionally caused some people to feel uncomfortable.