MCA will submit a formal letter of complaint against Deputy Agriculture and Agro-based Industries Minister Tajuddin Abdul Rahman, party president Liow Tiong Lai said today.
The letter against Tajuddin’s "slap Chinese" remark will be submitted to the BN supreme council, according to a report posted on MCA's website.
Liow ( photo ) said BN must take action against Tajuddin in order to maintain national unity, because his remarks have undermined national harmony and unity.
“Tajuddin has hurt the Chinese community again and again with his remarks. Not only is he unrepentant, he had also intensified his denials,” Liow said, following an MCA central committee meeting this afternoon.
“The spirit of BN centres on diversity, and to govern by moderation. These elements have led BN to be successful.
“We must ensure that we can do better, and thus, we must do the right thing. To recover the trust, MCA must ensure that the harmonious ties between the different races and unity as upheld by the government is maintained,” he added.
Unapologetic, ignorant and arrogant
Separately, MCA central committee member Jason Teoh ( photo ) issued a statement today condemning Tajuddin’s "unrepentant" attitude, saying that it smacks of ignorance and arrogance.
He said BN has no need for leaders like Tajuddin, whom he said is undermining the ruling coalition’s long-standing spirit of multiculturalism and moderation.
“Tajuddin’s statement shows that he is completely unapologetic, and does not know that his previous talk of ‘Chinese Malaysians complaining to China’ and ‘smacking the Chinese’ is so ignorant and arrogant.
“The Chinese Malaysians have only one home that is Malaysia, and have nothing to do with China whether in terms of law or politics.
“As a deputy minister who doesn’t even understand such basic and simple principles, the saddest thing is that apart from his ignorance, he also comes to this arrogant conclusion out of his ignorance.
“His big-headed statements and attitude would only make BN repulsive to the people, thus giving the opposition more opportunities to attack BN,” Teoh said in a statement today.
MCA’s statements are in response the deputy minister’s statement earlier today that he doesn’t care about MCA Youth’s calls for him to apologise over his remarks.
Tajuddin ( photo ) is under fire for his statement that he would "slap" Chinese Malaysians if they take their grouses beyond Malaysia’s borders, particularly China.
"MCA asked me to apologise? What have I done wrong that I have to apologise?" Tajuddin asked.
"MCA is the one that has done a lot of wrongs,” he told reporters today.
He added that he considered the issue to be resolved, and said it should not be brought up anymore.