It is unimaginable that a person of his stature and political standing could utter such racist sentiment.I wouldn't call it arrogance but would see it more as a serious flaw in character and a siege mentality, result of acute sense of inferiority complex. This is the type that have brought UMNO into public contempt and would sooner be on its death knell if the party does not get rid of such obnoxious dead woods. The party had become insalubrious.It's in serious need of cleaning up.
The insobriety for positions and status have gotten to most disgraceful level with some members resorting to violence against rivals to try eliminate them from contesting.This culture of violence if left unchecked could destroy the peace and harmony in this country which have gotten worse since Pak Lah took over the helm.
A single shot to the head was what the Bagan Serai UMNO division vice-chairman got, undisputed sign of contract killing.The party was quick to say it was business rivalry and not politics the likely reason, even before police investigation had started.A day later a vicious acid attack was inflicted on a branch head in Kelantan.
The windfall one gets of becoming a branch head and an even bigger windfall still if one gets to be a division head are just too tempting for those who cater to the power of easy life and easy money.
Money, not popularity, is now the indispensable tool to get elected.That's why the party is scrapping bottom of the barrel and get people like Bukit Bendera Umno division head Datuk Ahmad Ismail and the likes of him in powerful position in the party, where even the President would think twice to upset them.
The Chinese are immigrants and,therefore, can't have equal rights as the Malays says Ahmad Ismail.He may not be aware or just too thick in the head to know that without the Chinese contributions as the economic engines of this country he wouldn't have the luxury of living in this economically advanced,peaceful and modern society.
The Chinese, the Indians, the Malays and the Others (only Malaysia has this) have equal rights to this country, to call themselves Malaysians, and any other reference should be considered seditious.
It is not for the Prime Minister or Deputy Prime Minister to apologise. Ahmad Ismail should be made to apologise, failing which, he should be given a show cause letter was he should not be suspended from the party.
"Discretion is the better part of valour" is certainly not in the UMNO's dictionary.