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April 29, 2010
Gerakan: Khir’s statement irresponsible, dangerous

Written by Sharon Tan
Wednesday, 28 April 2010 23:02
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KUALA LUMPUR: Calls by Barisan Nasional (BN) leaders for the coalition to punish any party or community for voting the opposition are unacceptable, dangerous and contradict the spirit of 1Malaysia, a coalition partner says.

Gerakan deputy president Datuk Chang Ko Youn said former Selangor menteri besar Datuk Seri Mohd Khir Toyo’s call for a revision of government policies deemed favourable to the Chinese were irresponsible, dangerous, and “racist” in nature.

“Khir is not a friend of the Barisan Nasional. He has raised racial sentiments. This is not good for our multi-racial society,” said Chang in a media statement.

He said it was such remarks from BN leaders that had driven voters, especially the Chinese in the case of Hulu Selangor, to support the opposition.

“An extreme and vindictive remark that calls for depriving fair and just treatment for all Malaysians is clearly against the concept of inclusiveness and social justice advocated by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s 1Malaysia leadership,” said Chang.

“All BN leaders must commit to help Najib to realise his vision of 1Malaysia in words and deeds, otherwise the credibility and reputation of BN as a political coalition that claims to represent all Malaysians would be questioned and even disputed,” Chang said. It was high time for the BN leadership to “bite the bullet” and work together as a team to address the Chinese community’s woes and to regain their confidence and support, he said.

“Finger-pointing and calling to punish any party or community will only aggravate the situation and certainly is not in the interest of the nation,” said Chang.

Khir had posted in his blog on Monday that government policies favourable to the Chinese should be “reviewed” to give greater recognition to the Malays and Indians. A majority of the Chinese had voted in favour of the opposition in the Hulu Selangor by-election.

Gerakan vice-president senator A Kohilan viewed the statement made by Khir as “nonsensical and irresponsible”.

“Our federal government policies are based on inclusiveness and cater for all Malaysians, regardless of race, religion, culture, socio-economic background and even ideologies,” said Kohilan. Any statement by a BN leader which calls for BN to “punish” any party or community over electoral results is totally unacceptable, he said.

He also asked BN’s top leadership to reprimand BN leaders who make such statements as it would affect the credibility of the Prime Minister’s 1Malaysia concept.

“By calling for government policy revision to “punish” the Chinese community, it would do the PM and BN a disservice in the attempt to regain the confidence and support of the people of Selangor, especially the Chinese community,” said Kohilan, who is the deputy foreign minister.

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