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Cabinet should serve all M'sians, says tycoon, not party and race

Malaysiakini Team  |  Published:  |  Modified:

INTERVIEW | In their attempt to woo Chinese voters in 14th general election, Najib Abdul Razak and MCA have repeatedly reminded the community of the consequence of little or no representation in the cabinet.

In an interview with Malaysiakini, Country Heights Holdings Bhd founder Lee Kim Yew disagreed with caretaker prime minister's warning, saying the cabinet should be the platform to discuss and make decisions on national issues in a colour blind manner.

Lee opined that cabinet members should serve all Malaysians, regardless of their race and political beliefs.

"We are in the 21st century, but do we still want to be party-based? Once you take oath as an MP, your allegiance should be to Malaysia, not to the party anymore," he said, adding that the same should apply to members of the cabinet.

This partisan mindset has to be changed, Lee stressed, as it could eventually degenerate into a racial issue.

To illustrate his point, he recalled how he once told MCA leaders to refrain from taking sides on the criticism of billionaire Robert Kuok along ethnic lines...

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