Sunday, December 1, 2013

MALAYSIA:::'PKR wouldn't have reps calling others kucing kurap' - Asked if Ooi should apologise for his remarks, Anwar said, "Yes, he should."


Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim said if any of his party representatives were to use the term 'kucing kurap' on junior officers, they would be strongly reprimanded.NONEAnwar said it is demeaning to use the word although Jelutong MP Jeff Ooi may have meant it differently.

"Sometimes in a multiracial society, certain sensitivities (in people) may be lacking," Anwar said when met at the launching of Seberang Jaya assemblyperson Afif Bahardin's service centre in Tingkat Siakap 3, Taman Siakap.

"In Malay, the term 'kucing kurap' is really insulting to the lowest rank of society," he added.


"It also means a diseased cat and should not be used against the lowest," he said.
NONEAnwar was referring to Ooi's remark on Nov 16 when the two-term MP was angered when low-ranking Penang Municipal Council (MPPP) workers met him over his complaints on illegal hawkering in Jelutong.

Ooi's comment irked several quarters, including state DAP chief Chow Kon Yeow and PKR Nibong Tebal MP and state PKR chief Mansor Othman.

Chow told Ooi his statement against MPPP was unfair, while Mansor said he should retract his remark as it was disrespectful.

Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng also said Ooi, his former chief of staff, should listen to Chow as his comment reflects that of the state government and party.

'Ooi should apologise'


On Wednesday, four workers' unions representing 2,000 workers, including those in the council, demanded Ooi to apologise and retract his remark but the latter has refused.
NONEAnwar said Ooi (left) should explain himself if he did not mean to insult the officers.

Ooi had defended himself saying he grew up in a kampung and was familiar with the term, which he meant as 'small fry'.

Anwar meanwhile said, "I (once) used a vulgar Hokkien word before before knowing what it meant. When I found out I quickly apologised.".

"He (Ooi) may have grown up with the word, but to the public it is a very demeaning word."

Asked if Ooi should apologise for his remarks, Anwar said, "Yes, he should."


'PKR takkan biarkan wakil rakyatnya panggil kucing kurap'
Ketua Umum PKR, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim berkata, parti itu tidak akan bertolak ansur  jika ada wakil rakyatnya yang menggunakan istilah 'kucing kurap' terhadap pegawai bawahan.NONEAnwar berkata perkataan seumpama itu boleh menjatuhkan martabat 
orang lain walaupun Ahli Parlimen Jelutong, Jeff Ooi mungkin mempunyai maksud yang lain.
Ketika ditemui di majlis pelancaran pusat perkhidmatan ADUN Seberang Jaya, Afif Bahardin di Tingkat siakap 3, Taman siakap, Anwar berkata kadang-kadang dalam masyarakat yang berbilang kaum, mungkin wujud kurang sensitiviti tertentu.

Dalam bahasa Melayu, katanya, istilah 'kucing kurap' adalah sesuatu yang paling hina dalam masyarakat.

Ia juga, tambah Anwar, bermakna kucing yang berpenyakit dan tidak sepatutnya digunakan terhadap orang bawahan.
NONEAnwar merujuk kepada kenyataan Ooi pada 16 November lalu apabila ahli Parlimen Jelutong itu berang apabila didatangi pekerja bawahan Majlis Perbandaran Pulau Pinang (MPPP) behubung aduannya terhadap penjaja haram di Jelutong.

Komen Ooi itu menimbulkan kemarahan beberapa pihak, termasuk pengerusi DAP negeri, Chow Kon Yeow dan Ahli Parlimen PKR Nibong Tebal, yang juga Pengerusi PKR negeri, Datuk Mansor Othman.

Chow memberitahu Ooi bahawa kenyataannya terhadap MPPP itu adalah tidak adil, manakala Mansor pula berkata Ooi sepatutnya menarik balik kata-katanya itu kerana ia satu sikap tidak hormat.

Ketua Menteri Lim Guan Eng pula berkata Ooi, bekas ketua kakitangannya, harus mendengar nasihat Chow kerana komen beliau mencerminkan kerajaan negeri dan parti.

'Ooi patut minta maaf'
Pada hari Rabu, empat kesatuan yang mewakili 2,000 pekerja, termasuk majlis berkenaan, menuntut Ooi meminta maaf dan menarik balik kenyataannya tetapi Ooi enggan berbuat demikian.
NONEAnwar berkata Ooi (kiri) perlu membuat penjelasan sekiranya beliau 
tidak bermaksud untuk menghina pegawai-pegawai berkenaan.

Ooi mempertahankan dirinya dengan berkata beliau membesar di kampung dan sudah biasa dengan istilah itu, yang dimaksudkannya sebagai 'ikan kecil'.

Sementara itu Anwar berkata, beliau pernah suatu masa dahulu menggunakan perkataan Hokkien yang kesat sebelum mengetahui apa yang dimaksudkannya. 

Apabila mengetahui maksudnya, Anwar berkata beliau cepat-cepat minta maaf.

Menurut Anwar lagi, Ooi mungkin membesar dengan perkataan tersebut, tetapi bagi orang ramai, ia merupakan perkataan yang menjatuhkan martabat. 

Ditanya jika Ooi harus meminta maaf, Anwar berkata, ahli Parlimen Jelutong itu patut berbuat demikian.

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