JOHOR BARU: The state government acknowledges the contributions of the Chinese in developing Johor, and urged the community not to be taken in by the extreme views of certain people.
The Chinese are citizens of this country, just like the other races including the Malays and Indians, said Mentri Besar Datuk Mohamed Khaled Nordin.
“We need to be always united to be able to overcome any problem.
“Without the cooperation and hard work from all the races, we will not be how we are today,” he said during the prize giving ceremony for the best short film themed “Saya Anak Malaysia” at Southern University College here yesterday.
He stressed that the state government would continue to assist Chinese schools.
So far, some RM3mil had been channelled to fund development of Chinese schools.
“As Malaysians, we should not be taken in or affected by what people say, as all these are just playing politics,” he said, adding that there were many extreme people out there.
Mohamed Khaled said the people should remember the sacrifices of the forefathers who wanted all the races to be united to ensure the success of the country.
“Each race is diverse on its own and we have our own ways to deal with problems. We have never forced any race to give up anything or embrace other cultures or identities.
“That is why we maintained the language and culture of all the races in the country,” he said, adding that was the reason Malaysia never chose assimilation.
At another function, Mohd Khaled downplayed the issue that Johor did not receive much goodies in Budget 2016.
He added that the state government was waiting for the full list of projects from the Finance Ministry and Economic Planning Unit.
When presenting the Budget, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak spoke about some ongoing projects including the RM18bil funding for the Refinery and Petrochemical Integrated Development project in Pengerang, a new hospital in Pasir Gudang and a boarding school in Segamat.
There were also no goodies for the mammoth growth corridor Iskandar Malaysia.
“If it is not mentioned, that does not mean it has not been approved as many other states were also not mentioned in the speech such as Terengganu, Pahang and Penang,” said Mohd Khaled.
He was hopeful that there would be announcements later as the state was asking for a Bus Rapid Transit project.
Mohamed Khaled was speaking to reporters during the launch of a lease and purchase scheme for 1,500 homes in Taman Cendana in Pasir Gudang.