Via New Straits Times 28 Aug 2006.
KUALA LUMPUR: Deputy Umno Youth chief Khairy Jamaluddin yesterday said he would not apologise for his remarks on Umno and Barisan Nasional, which offended certain parties.
He said the statement was made to unite and strengthen Umno and BN component parties.
"It has never crossed my mind to apologise to those who are hurt by what I said in Kedah last week. For me, if we truly fight for our race, one should not apologise.
"I have no intention of offending any BN component party. We are always sensitive to other people’s feelings but we have a role to protect the dignity of the Malays," he said at the Selayang Umno Youth delegates’ meeting here yesterday.
Khairy said this in response to calls from several MCA Youth and Wanita delegates asking him to apologise for his alleged remarks that the Chinese would capitalise on a weak Umno.
Later, Khairy reiterated his statement was to remind the Malays to safeguard Umno so that it would remain strong.
He said if Umno were weak, certain quarters would capitalise on this and it would weaken BN, too.
"I want to see a strong Umno and a strong BN but it has been misunderstood and taken out of context. It has led to an unhealthy polemic, thus I decline to comment further."
Khairy said he had explained the issue to MCA deputy Youth chief Ling Hee Leong.
Sri Kandeh Says:
Absolutely right, there are nothings to apologise for. What Khairi said was very true. Say it again and again. If they do not like it they may go somewhere else. We deal with those who understand us. The Chinese are very happy if we are weak. Their recent reactions are nothing but reflect their arrogance. Remember, we were colonised for 460 years. We enjoy our independence for only 49 years, not long. Our people are still left behind in many areas. We are willing to share with them. But they are against anything that is Malay, Islam and Government. We the Malays and Bumiputras have to rise and continue to remind our people. We have nothing else to go this is the only “motherland” we have, not like them.