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Friday April 2, 2010

PM defends Muhyiddin’s ‘Malay first’ statement

PUTRAJAYA: Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin’s “Malay first” statement does not contradict his stated commitment to the 1Malaysia concept, said Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

The Prime Minister explained that what his deputy had said was a reflection of the provision in the Constitution where one was referred to according to his or her ethnicity.

“But Muhyiddin is also saying that is he committed to 1Malaysia, so I don’t see that as a contradiction,” Najib told reporters after launching the Finance Ministry’s MyProcure­ment portal yesterday.

The Deputy Prime Minister on Wednesday said he was a Malay first, then a Malaysian.

He said that in response to DAP adviser Lim Kit Siang’s challenge for him to resign if he refused to admit he was a Malaysian first and a Malay second as proof that he was in full support of the 1Malaysia concept.

Muhyiddin said Lim had a wicked intention in making the challenge and it was aimed to drive a wedge between him and the Prime Minister.

Najib explained when a person said he was a Malay, it did not mean he was against 1Malaysia or thought that he was not Malay­sian.

“Similarly, if you are a Malaysian Chinese, it does not mean you don’t think like a Malaysian or subscribe to the concept of 1Malaysia,” he added.

In George Town, Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng urged Muhyiddin to retract his statement and declare himself a Malaysian first.

“What is the meaning of having the 1Malaysia concept if we do not consider ourselves to be Malaysian first?” he asked.

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