Leaders support PM’s stand against racism

  • Nation
  • Saturday, 28 Aug 2010

PETALING JAYA: Political leaders here seem to hold fast to Martin Luther King Jr’s saying that “the time is always right to do what is right.

In supporting the Prime Minister’s call that action would be taken against those who make racist remarks, MCA deputy president Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai said Malaysia’s development could not be improved if racial harmony was jeopardised.

“Government servants who are suspected of issuing racial remarks should be suspended pending investigation.

“This is to show that the Government has no room for such remarks,” he said when asked to comment on Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak’s statement that the Government had zero tolerance against racist statements.

Liow said racial harmony was one of the key elements to take the country to greater heights.

“We should not take racial harmony for granted,” he said.

MCA Youth chief Datuk Dr Wee Ka Siong said people were entitled to their views but must ensure they don’t affect the feelings of others.

MIC president Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu said the party appreciated the stand taken by Najib as it showed that he was serious about the matter.

DAP parliamentary leader Lim Kit Siang said Najib’s statement about the “zero tolerance” policy towards racism was welcomed “provided it is not an empty declaration.”

Related Story: PM: Government will not tolerate anyone making racist remarks

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