Utusan Malaysia today launched a stinging attack on non-Malays, accusing them of insulting Islam, Muslims and the Malay rulers, and warning them to know their "limits".
In an article by the deputy editor of the paper's weekend edition Mingguan Malaysia, the daily said the "laidback, compromising" attitude of the Malays had led to non-Malays overstepping their boundaries and daring to question previously off-limit subjects.
"Non-Malays have apparently forgotten that Malaysia's majority population is Malays. They have no respect at all for the Bumiputera. Why has this happened? It is because we are too compromising, too afraid to take action against those who have insulted Malays and Islam.
"In the end, it appears as if non-Malays are the landlords and Malays are the tenants, immigrants and the minority in our own country," wrote Azman Anuar in his article entitled "Melayu, Islam dihina di Tanah Melayu!".
"Ever since respected and knowledgeable Malay leaders withdrew several years ago, non-Muslims have become emboldened in insulting the Malay community and Islam,” he said, without naming the Malay leaders.
He said non-Malays appeared to have forgotten that their ancestors became Malaysian citizens due to the Malays' compromise.
"Now that they have prospered and gained a firmer foothold both economically and politically, non-Malays forget that it was given to them by the Malays,"
Saying non-Malays were playing with fire, Azman, who was recently promoted to his current post in the paper, also accused them of refusing to respect Malay culture, language and customs.
"It is just a matter of time before the hornets who are attempting to defend their nests against intruders will retaliate."
He said until today, "the hornets have not revealed their sting" as they are merely making noise and appearing to go on the offensive so that intruders would feel apprehensive.
"This is the actions of Malays who are still patient in the face of various provocations. But if pushed further, the hornets will not keep silent.
"If the nest is invaded and burnt just so that the honey can be taken away, Malays will not be so tolerant anymore," he went on with his metaphors.
As such, the paper said the recent cash reward offer by several Malay organisation to anyone who slapped Seputeh MP Teresa Kok, over her satirical online video which angered Umno leaders, was merely a stern warning.
"There are a faction of Malays who are furious and frustrated. While these actions are not what we want to see, but one must take responsibility for their actions.
"Moreover, their actions are no longer secretive and discreet, it is being done openly. Look at the comments in the social media and blogs," lamented Azman.
The article also bemoaned the demise of draconian laws, and slammed Putrajaya for not taking action over what it called were insults to Islam, Malay special rights and Malay rulers.
"In the name of freedom of speech, these quarters who insult Malays and Islam continue to move freely without fear. And they continue their insults and provocations." – February 16, 2014.