The Information, Communications and Heritage Minister acted in a very rude and sarcastic manner to a reporter from national daily – The Star – an English language newspaper.
It is common, in fact expect that a reporter from an English daily to ask questions in English language during press conference in this country. Listen to their exchanges below:
Reporter: Is it true that the government is…Rais then asked the reporter…
RY: “Anda dari akhbar mana?”
Reporter: The Star – the reporter replied.
RY: “Cakaplah bahasa kebangsaan sikit,” the sarcastically said “Merdeka”
That innocent reporter continue with his question. Apparently irked by his persistent speaking in English Rais Yatim said…
RY: “saya tak jawablah soalan begitu. Tanye ajalah dalam bahasa kebangsaan, ape die. OK if you want to talk in English, I’ve changed my mode… go ahead”
The star reporter heard saying “if we’re not speak… and Rais Yatim sarcastically asked the reporter where were he educated.
RY: “Where were you educated, you can’t speak bahasa at all” he said while sarcastically laughing at the poor reporter.
“Hehee cakap Orang Putih” – he then said “give the others the chance, as he had asked a question. Rais then told the other reporters to pose their questions.
If this were in the US – the video would be re-played over and over by cable networks – and would haunt Rais whenever election campaign comes.