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MCA cites Dr M's 'rich Chinese' among 6 issues for DAP's 6 to raise

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An MCA leader has outlined six issues which he wants DAP's six ministers to raise during tomorrow's cabinet meeting.

Party publicity bureau chairperson Chai Kim Sen said these issues, which garnered widespread attention, must be raised to ensure the Pakatan Harapan government is on the right track.

"Harapan's government administration should be back on the right track, and DAP as a member of the ruling coalition, should present and discuss the issues faced by the people in the past two months, to the cabinet," he added in a statement this afternoon.

According to Chai, this included seeking clarification regarding Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad's “rich Chinese” claim and ensure the government is fair in its administration.

In a media interview last month, Mahathir said policies to strengthen the economic well-being of the Malays, as well as to bridge the gap between the community and other ethnic groups would continue. 

To drive home his point, the premier claimed that Chinese Malaysian students overseas were more well off than Malay students, prompting MCA deputy president Wee Ka Siong to accuse Mahathir of perpetuating racial stereotypes. 

Meanwhile, the other five issues which Chai wanted DAP ministers to raise are:

1) Clarify the views of Education Minister Maszlee Malik on the Unified Examination Certificate (UEC), and ensure that the UEC is successfully recognised in the end.

Chai said the education minister's claim that recognising UEC should consider the effect it has on the status of the national language and national unity, would ultimately result in misunderstanding of the people towards Chinese independent high schools and UEC.

2) Ensure that the 10+6 Chinese primary schools' (SJKCs) construction plans can be successfully completed at their originally selected locations.

The MCA leader said if the Pakatan government believes that Penang, Selangor and Malacca needed new SJKCs, it could approve the construction of more SJKCs.

3) The government's move of retaining National Civics Bureau (BTN) has violated its election manifesto. Meanwhile, DAP lawmaker Lim Kit Siang has urged the government to re-examine this issue.

Chai said DAP ministers should bring Lim's views to the cabinet for discussion, and not just make calls on abolishing BTN outside the government.

4) On the crackdown against illegal workers, the cabinet should listen to the complaints from employers, especially those from small and medium enterprises.

Chai cautioned against aggressive crackdown operations which would have an adverse impact on the nation's economy.

5) In response to the criticism by DAP Youth chairperson Wong Kah Woh on the cabinet appointments, saying that Mahathir disrespected the candidates recommended by DAP, Chai said DAP ministers should voice out the stance of the party in the cabinet and fight for it.

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