PETALING JAYA: Datuk Liang Teck Meng (pic) has challenged DAP leaders to speak up against Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad's remarks about the Bugis community.
Mahathir had said that Malaysia had a leader who descended from “Bugis pirates” at the “Love Malaysia, End Kleptocracy” rally on Oct 14.
"The deafening silence by DAP is disgusting. DAP leaders have been unusually quiet, despite Dr Mahathir’s remark coming under heavy criticism from several quarters," he said.
The former prime minister's comment also drew the ire of Bugis groups, Indonesian vice-president Jusuf Kalla and the Selangor Sultan, who responded with a stinging rebuke calling for Dr Mahathir to be investigated for sedition.
Liang said national DAP leaders such as Lim Kit Siang, DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng, and DAP vice-chairman Teresa Kok, would be quick to criticise similar remarks made by other politicians
However, he said they were completely silent with no comments or statements to condemn such remarks when Dr Mahathir was unapologetic.
"With their silence and failure to condemn, is DAP now approving that politicians can call any party to 'balik' (go home) to their hometowns," he said.
Liang added that racism does not discriminate along partisan lines.
"It is wrong for DAP to be selective and politically biased in its anti-racism stand," he said, adding that they should practice what they preach.
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