PETALING JAYA: DAP, a party that tried to portray itself as a champion of a “Malaysian Malaysia”, has been taken to task by MCA for keeping mum over its desire for a Deputy Prime Minister post.
MCA deputy president Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong (pic) pointed out that DAP veteran Lim Kit Siang had asked in 2008 when Malaysia would be able to accept a non-bumiputra Prime Minister, right after Barack Obama won the United States presidential election.
“When Obama became the first African-American president, Kit Siang asked then when we could see a non-bumiputra Prime Minister in Malaysia.
“Today, he does not even dare to openly admit that they want a deputy prime minister post,” said Dr Wee.
In the interview with Sin Chew Daily eight years ago, Kit Siang expressed scepticism that Malaysia would ever see a non-bumiputra Prime Minister under the leadership then, saying that the chances were “very slim”.
“However, it does not mean the situation will not change.
“In future, if there is a multi-racial party in power, then maybe we will see a Prime Minister of Chinese, Indian and even Kadazan descent.
“Why do we non-Malays look down on ourselves? Are we underestimating our rights?” Kit Siang was reported to have said.
However, said Dr Wee, judging from DAP’s actions now, it was as if the party no longer fought for the right of the various races to be Prime Minister.
“The ones who are underestimating their rights are Kit Siang and his son Guan Eng,” he said.
In an earlier report, Kit Siang said that just like the kids in the United States dreamt of becoming President, so too do kids in Malaysia, regardless of race, dream of becoming the Prime Minister when they grow up.
“Right now, those who want our children to give up their dreams are none other than Kit Siang and Guan Eng,” Dr Wee said.
The point of contention over who wanted a Deputy Prime Minister post arose when former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad claimed that it was DAP that had made the request.
However, Dr Mahathir later corrected himself, saying that it was MCA that had asked for the post in 2009, prompting Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak to urge the former premier to stop making “u-turns” in his statements.
Both Najib and MCA secretary-general Datuk Seri Ong Ka Chuan have denied that MCA had ever raised such a matter.
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