KUALA LUMPUR: People who accuse DAP lawmakers of being anti-Malay, anti-Islam and against the national language need to find new excuses, says Youth and Sports Deputy Minister Steven Sim.
Sim, who was launching his collection of Bahasa Melayu poems on Thursday (Aug 16), said language was meant to shine a spotlight on knowledge, not make it exclusive to certain groups.
“This book is me speaking my thoughts on my nation, as a Malaysian and as a politician.
“I also want to shut the mouths of people who say DAP leaders are anti-Bahasa Melayu, anti-Malay and anti-Islam.
“You all need to up your game and find new excuses,” he said at the launch of his book, Dalam Salju Ada Bunga, in Parliament on Thursday.
The book contains 10 poems in Bahasa Melayu written by Sim. They have a socio-political theme and are based on his experiences and observations.
In his speech, Sim noted that Dewan Rakyat Deputy Speaker Nga Kor Ming and Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng, both had a strong command of Bahasa Melayu.
Dewan Rakyat Speaker Datuk Mohamad Ariff Md Yusof, who launched the book, called it a “good initiative by a young, talented politician”.
“It’s interesting that Sim chose to put out his observations through poetry, especially considering his academic background in engineering.
“It makes me happy to know that the young politicians of today are multi-talented and making the most of it,” he said, adding that more young politicians should follow Sim’s lead.