MCA president Liow Tiong Lai in an interview with Oriental Daily yesterday has said that UMNO needs to deal with its party’s hardliners, who have been out in full-force since the last general election to put the country on-course towards racial extremism. He further added that Hawks’ within UMNO are either pushing the rally, or creating problems behind the scenes.
Liow Tiong Lai is right when he said the Hawks in UMNO is out in full force to put the country on-course towards racial extremism. What Liow failed to mention is that Najib as the UMNO President is currently the biggest hawk in UMNO stirring racial sentiments and advocating the Malay siege mentality that Malays are under attacked by other races.
Malaysians will forever remember Najib as the first Prime Minister ever to openly approve a racial gathering planting the seed of hatred among Malaysians. This is an act unimaginable by all the past five Prime Ministers.
Najib also justified the 916 racial rally by saying the Malays are being slapped 4 times before the Malays rise to protect their dignity. On the other hand, Liow in yesterday’s interview said that Chinese political power is on the brink of collapse.
Both Najib and Liow statement are classic BN siege mentality tactics to deceive the voters that Malays and Chinese are under attack and the need to vote in a race-based party, UMNO and MCA to protect their rights.
How can Najib and Liow be both possibly correct? If the Malays dignity are being challenged and the Chinese political power is on the brink of collapse, does it mean that the Indians, Ibans or the Kadazans are currently on the uprising?
The Malays dignity is not challenged but it is Najib’s premiership being challenged for his failure to answer the many questions raised on 1MDB scandal. Similarly, Chinese political power was never on the brink of collapse but it is MCA which is on the brink of collapse for they have totally failed the Chinese community.
I urge Liow to stop using race as a bait to fish for votes. If Liow is really serious to uphold pruralism and moderation, MCA must immediately cut ties with Najib who has already proven to be the biggest Hawk in UMNO.
Media Statement by Chong Zhemin, DAP Perak Economic Development Bureau Chief and Political Secretary to the Taiping MP on 20 Sept 2015