KAJANG: The Barisan Nasional government is responsible for promoting unity and harmony in Malaysia, not to drive a wedge between communities, said Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai.
"Barisan has its own mechanism to resolve matters. We believe in the value of consensus and we place harmony and unity of the nation as our priority," said the MCA president.
"I must tell (DAP secretary-general) Lim Guan Eng that he will not succeed in driving a wedge between bumiputras and non-bumiputras. I do not believe that Malaysians will be easily driven apart," Liow said during the launch of the Internet+ Smart Teaching and Learning for Chinese Education learning at UTAR, Sungai Long, on Thursday.
Last Tuesday, Prime Minister Datuk Seri NajibTun Razak said the Government would study in depth the request from the Indian Muslim community to be recognised as bumiputras.
On another matter, Liow said the fact that Guan Eng did not take leave from his office pending his corruption trial showed that he does not practise what he preaches.
"He has always asked those being investigated for corruption to take leave until their names have been cleared. So why doesn't Guan Eng do the same in light of his pending corruption trial?" he asked.