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Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Gerakan calls on Perkasa not to play race card



(The Edge) - A Barisan Nasional component party has urged Malay nationalist group Perkasa not to use the race card in commenting on the government's proposed new economic model (NEM) which is being drawn up.
In a statement today, Gerakan vice-president Datuk Mah Siew Keong said racial statements ran against the prime minister's 1Malaysia spirit and would not bode well for the country.

He was responding to Perkasa's economic bureau director Dr Zubir Harun, who reportedly said Perkasa was worried that the NEM would have a "Chinese agenda".

"What is he (Zubir) trying to prove? Both Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak and Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin have stated that the NEM would benefit all Malaysians.

"Non-governmental organisations and politicians should not send the wrong signal to the world that the government was looking after the interests of only one community. The government should look after every race and ensure every race is competitive. This is in line with the 1Malaysia spirit," Mah said.

Mah, who is also Gerakan's head of economic development bureau, added that Zubir's remarks were especially "worrying" as the economy was recovering.

Zubir was reported as saying on Monday that the Chinese viewed the next general election as the "best opportunity" to gain power in the country. The comments came after the first meeting of the newly formed Malay Consultative Council (Majlis Perundingan Melayu), which demanded that the NEM protect the rights of Malays and bumiputeras.


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