KUANTAN: The Dong Zong leadership should just step down if they are not willing to voice out against calls to abolish Chinese education, said MCA Religious Harmony Bureau chief Datuk Seri Ti Lian Ker.
He said the movement had already failed to discharge its duty to preserve Chinese education when their leaders were more interested in fighting amongst themselves.
“If the proposal is passed in the Umno general assembly, the Education Minister and the Prime Minister will be bound by the party’s resolution. There will be a political will to close down Chinese schools.
“This actually touched the very crux of Chinese education. When Chinese education is not under attack, they (Dong Zong) talked so much but when it came time for action, they kept quiet.
“It shows that either they are afraid, do not know how to respond or just purely irresponsible in voicing out for an interest group they are supposed to represent,” said Ti after presenting Kuantan MCA’s donation of school uniforms and shoes to 300 flood-affected schoolchildren here recently.
He added that it would have been a political and constitutional crisis if such a resolution was passed.
“When we have reached this juncture where the matter can be of crisis proportion and we are still silent, then we would have failed as leaders,” he said.
Ti, who is an MCA central commitee member, also said that the situation was similar to PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang’s plan to table a Private Member’s Bill to pave the way for the party’s version of hudud law in Kelantan.
“If all the Malay-Muslim parliamentarians are to support the private bill, then they will have succeeded in implementing hudud because there will be no legal obstacle,” he said.
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