PETALING JAYA: DAP has come under fire from MCA for claiming to be a multiracial party but shies away from racially mixed constituencies.
A genuine multiracial party should get votes from all races, said MCA religious harmony bureau chairman Datuk Seri Ti Lian Ker.
Ti was responding to DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng, who accused MCA leaders of not practising what they preach by avoiding Chinese-majority seats in the coming general election.
“MCA leaders stand under the umbrella of Barisan Nasional, which practises unity in diversity by consensus-building, practises moderation and adopts inclusive policies,” said Ti.
“Our leaders’ forte is their service and consistency in political principles. Thus, they continue to be where they are and do not jump from one constituency to another.
“On the contrary, DAP leaders claim to be multiracial but fear to stand in any cosmopolitan area with an equal number of Malays and Chinese, for they know that they play on and thrive on Chinese political sentiments alone,” said Ti.
He said DAP claimed to be a multiracial party but subscribed to “racist and chauvinistic toxic politics”.
“It is time DAP stops harping on race politics for its selfish purposes,” he said.
MCA central committee member Datuk Chew Kok Woh slammed DAP for being disrespectful to Malaysians in continuing to run down MCA for counting on all races for votes.
He said the father-and-son DAP leaders like Lim Kit Siang and Guan Eng had acted arrogantly in saying MCA had to depend on Malay votes.
“MCA depends on all the votes of all Malaysians regardless of their race.
“There is nothing to be shameful about and we are proud that MCA gets votes from all races,” he said.
Chew said it was ironic that DAP claimed to be multiracial but had chosen to ignore the votes of other races.
“In fact, at the DAP party elections last year, most of the Malay DAP leaders failed to get elected.
“That shows the kind of mentality that DAP has despite professing to be multiracial,” he said.
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