PETALING JAYA: Fiery DAP politician Hew Kuan Yau, who drew flak over a crude and allegedly racist speech when campaigning during the Sarawak election, has promised to refrain from vulgarities in future.
“My politically-oriented ‘stand-up comedy’ will now be clean,” he vowed in a Facebook post, adding that his speeches often contained humour, facts and were peppered with metaphors.
Hew, attracted controversy after a video surfaced online in which he urged Chinese voters in Batu Kitang to back DAP’s Abdul Aziz Isa, so the latter could “screw the Malays”, and “screw the corrupt Malay officials” when he made it to the state assembly.
He also got a ticking off from party supremo Lim Kit Siang for being vulgar although the latter claimed there was nothing racist about Hew’s speech.
However, Hew, known as the “Superman” of DAP after his penchant for wearing t-shirts with the Superman logo, accused Umno cybertroopers of distorting the subtitles of the speech he made in Mandarin to make him look like a racist.
Hew said nowhere in his speech had he asked Sarawak Chinese to vote for Abdul Aziz so that he could “screw” the Malays.
He also said he was only referring to the “corrupt” PBB (Sarawak Barisan Nasional’s anchor party) and not the Malays per se.
In a related matter, MCA Central Committee member Jason Teoh said Lim aggravated the situation by refusing to acknowledge that Hew’s speech was racist.
In a statement, Teoh also wondered if the Gelang Patah lawmaker had suddenly lowered the bar on what is considered racism.
“Why is Kit Siang suddenly defending the indefensible?” he asked.