SERI KEMBANGAN: Chinese voters should come back to support Barisan Nasional, which fights for the rights of all Malaysians, and not allow themselves to be manipulated by the Opposition, urged Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.
He noted that the Opposition had spread hate among the Chinese, prompting them to change the Government.
“But for those state governments which have changed, they are not better off,” he said in his speech at the “Malaysia Negaraku” The Malaysian Chinese Women Excellence Award in conjunction with Women’s Day and National Day 2017.
Referring to MCA president Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai as “peng you” (friend in Chinese), Dr Ahmad Zahid also pledged to assist him and other Chinese ministers in the Cabinet to ensure that the Chinese agenda was taken care of.
Dr Ahmad Zahid also said Barisan allocated 30% of the seats in the last general election to women, but most of them failed to win.
“So, to have more women as lawmakers, please vote for Barisan,” he urged, adding that women should make up more than 30% of the parliamentary and state seats.
Liow, in his speech earlier, urged women to vote for development and progress in the next general election and reject speculation and the politics of hatred.
“Malaysia has a gender-balanced population. Women’s political power should not be ignored. Women should be actively involved in politics to decide the destiny of our country,” he said.
Liow also said that women in Malaysia had the ability to compete with men in the corporate and the academic worlds.
He also commended the Malaysian Chinese Women Entrepreneur Association for its success in encouraging Chinese women to participate in businesses.
“Our country needs more of such associations in response to the Government’s call to cultivate more respected entrepreneurs,” he added.
Wanita MCA chief Datuk Heng Seai Kie said Malaysia needed an open-minded and inclusive government that respected women’s rights.
“All these years, we can see that Barisan leaders have always placed importance on women when they drafted their development plan. Barisan is the best choice for women in Malaysia,” she said.
Heng also urged women to be actively involved in transforming the country’s political landscape.
“This can also ensure policies or laws that are unfair to women can be corrected,” she said.