LETTER

Still racist statements for BN reps

Stephen Ng

Published
Modified 4 Jul 2008, 8:25 am

Pasir Salak MP Tajuddin Abdul Rahman’s remark that non-Malays in the country are ‘immigrants ‘is uncalled for.

It is obvious that the Barisan Nasional government has not learnt from the mistakes it had allowed in the past.

Much of the political tsunami that we have seen in the last general elections can be attributed to comments made by certain politicians which hurt the feelings of the other races.

If this trend is allowed to continue, it will create further damage to the reputation of the Barisan government.

Only one of them has been forthcoming in confessing his mistake.

In a country where we talk so much about racial harmony, I find it amusing for Tajuddin and others in the past to be allowed to make comments like this and getting away with their statements made in public.

Najib Razak, as the BN whip, should have immediately reprimanded yet another BN member of parliament for making such racial sentiments.

He should have done this the moment it was mentioned in parliament, instead of allowing the public to express their discontent over the subject.

To put the record straight, all the three major races in Malaysia today are immigrants, only at different stages of history.

The original bumiputera in both the Peninsular and East Malaysia are the Orang Asli, comprising the Senoi, Jakun, Iban, Kadazan Dusun, to name a few.

Politicians should realise that without the three major races working side by side, the country will not progress.

Therefore, any sensible government would not allow its component party members to try to create racial sentiments or talk about the supremacy of one race over another.