The spat between Singapore’s ambassador-at-large Bilahari Kausikan and DAP politicians turned ugly today with DAP dictator Lim Kit Siang describing the ambassador now as delusional to believe he understood the dynamics of Malaysian politics.
He also described Kausikan, a retired senior diplomat, as one of the “smart-aleck and Ugly Singaporeans” who had “the impertinence to prescribe how citizens of other countries should conduct themselves”.
As ambassador-at-large, Kausikan is a policy adviser to the Foreign Ministry, and also currently a Fellow of the Lee Kuan Yew School of Policy Studies.
Earlier today, he had caustically dismissed remarks by the DAP’s Tony Pua by saying that Pua’s response was “a rather rude but not entirely coherent response”, and that Pua’s behavious was a “sub-conscious admission that their hopes are futile”.
The slanging match between the DAP politicians and the diplomat arose from a 3,000-word commentary on Malaysian politics that Kausikan wrote for The Straits Times last week, and his further comments to an op-ed article in response by Tony Pua and Ong Kian Ming.
He had said that young Malaysian Chinese were naive to believe that the system built around the principle of Malay dominance could be changed. Kausikan had also said Malay politicians would defend their dominance by any means including a possible alliance between Umno and PAS, and that the young Chinese who abandoned the MCA for the DAP were delusional.
Lim responded in a speech in Johor on Saturday night, the text of which was emailed to media this evening, by asking what were the “lessons of May 13, 1969” which Kausikan had accused young Malaysian Chinese of forgetting.