PETALING JAYA: Firebrand Hew Kuan Yau, formerly of the DAP, has waded into controversy again.
This time it is over the achievement of national badminton mixed doubles pair Goh Liu Ying and Chan Peng Soon in the Rio Olympics. The duo have made it to the tournament’s finals.
In a Facebook posting last night, Hew placed a caricature of Goh and Chan accompanied by text in Mandarin which reads : “Listen carefully Umno, if the Chinese really ‘balik’ China then Malaysia will ‘eat banana’ (go back empty handed) in the Olympics.”
This prompted blogger Lim Sian See to share the offensive post on his own Facebook page, calling Hew a “chauvinist”.
Lim had also put up a screenshot of Hew “scolding” one of his followers for pointing out that the Olympic win was a Malaysian effort and there was no need to give it a racial tinge, by calling the latter stupid.
A netizen asked why Hew was rooting for the Malaysian pair as he was a staunch supporter of China.
Another netizen said that Hew was probably unaware that Azizulhasni Awang and Pandelela Rinong, who won bronze and silver medals in the men’s track cycling and diving events, respectively, were not of Chinese descent.
It is worth noting that Hew, known as “Superman” for his penchant for wearing clothes with the superhero logo, is no stranger to controversy.
Last month, he quit DAP after his Facebook post supporting China’s claim in the South China Sea resulted in widespread backlash. He had remarked that the South China Sea belonged to China.
Back in May, he created controversy over his “screw the Malays” remark during the Sarawak state elections.
污桶聽好，如果華人真的balik cina，馬來西亞奧運吃蕉啦！Sini tanah Malaysia, bumi Malaysia! Kita semua anak Malaysia, no more racism.