Nasir Safar – Sound bite reporting February 6, 2010Posted by Wilz in Politics.
My summary of the whole Nasir Safar affair:
- Newspaper: “Someone said he said some serious shit! Let’s publicly crucify him!”
- Malaysian Public: “YEAH!!!”
- Me: “Wut?”
- No I’m not trying to defend Nasir Safar.
- Yes what he said taken by itself is heinous.
- Yes what he said even if given a context is still likely unacceptable.
- Yeah resignation is probably the right way to go.
- Regardless of intent, that kind of statement basically ends any public career. Sure.
But my first reaction upon reading the news about what he said was, what was he talking about at the time? “Nobody’s that stupid…” That racist, maybe. That stupid to say those things in public in a derogatory way? I don’t think so. Which makes “slip of tongue” or “stupid, ill-advised joke” pretty likely.
What I really want to know is why he used those two sentences in a talk supposedly promoting racial harmony. None of the articles (or blog entries) I’ve read about the whole deal gives any context at all to what he was saying at the time. Unfortunately this issue is SO sensitive nobody dares to even provide the context in which his alleged racist remarks were presented, in case they are deemed as attempting to defend him.
It just leaves a bad taste in my mouth that so many people are condemning, hating and recommending ISA usage on him, when I can’t find ANY context to what he was saying. Doesn’t ‘intent’ matter at all? One needs to have experience having one’s statements taken out of context to appreciate how $!@# it can be I guess.