KUALA LUMPUR: Umno and MCA leaders should stop squabbling in public as it is against the spirit of 1Malaysia, said Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz.
“We say we are 1Malaysia and that Barisan Nasional is united but now you are quarrelling.
“What message are you giving to the public?” he told a press conference after meeting a delegation from the Federation of Chinese Associations in Malaysia (Huazong) at Parliament building yesterday.
Barisan leaders, including Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, Umno vice-president Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein and MCA president Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek, have been exchanging strongly-worded statements in the last few days over resolutions made at the recent Chinese Economic Congress.
At the congress, Dr Chua said the MCA had advocated that bumiputras be given price preferences in certain economic sectors when the economy was liberalised for open tender.
To enable bumiputras to compete on a more equitable basis, he said the MCA proposed a gradual reduction of the 30% bumiputra equity.
On Monday, Muhyiddin said the MCA should be sensitive to the needs of other races in the country when it fights for the Chinese community.
He also reminded MCA that the unfair distribution of wealth had resulted in the 1969 racial riots.
Dr Chua replied by saying Malaysians were capable of having a rational discussion on politics without beating the “racial war drum”.
On Sunday, Hishammuddin had said MCA should not forget the struggles of Barisan when it fought for the Chinese demands.
Hishammuddin was commenting on certain quarters who viewed the actions of MCA as supporting the DAP, especially on calls involving bumiputra interests.
“MCA respects Hishammuddin’s views but he cannot construe this to mean that MCA is deviating from the objectives and struggles of Barisan simply because MCA has a different voice from him or other component party leaders,” Dr Chua had said.
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