KUALA LUMPUR: DAP's “cut-throat strategy” of contesting directly against MCA and Gerakan is a big mistake and bad for the Chinese community, says Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.
The Barisan Nasional chairman said the strategy, if successful, would only be detrimental to the Chinese community because there is a need for strong Chinese representation in the Government.
“Today, the Chinese constitute about 23% of the Malaysian population.
“But only 6% of Chinese elected representatives in Parliament support the Government.
“This isn't sustainable in the long run. It will work against the Chinese community,” Najib said in his speech when officiating the redeveloped campus of the Kuen Cheng High School here Monday.
He said the Opposition's strategy is based on the underlying hypothesis that there will be a “Malay tsunami” against Barisan in GE14.
“But I can assure you, after going around the country, that there will be no such Malay tsunami,” Najib, who is also Prime Minister, told those present.
He said Barisan component parties like MCA and Gerakan have been working tirelessly for the Malaysian Chinese.
“I can assure you that I get requests from (MCA president) Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai and (Gerakan president) Datuk Seri Dr Mah Siew Keong on what we can do for the Chinese community,” he said.
Najib later launched the school's new campus witnessed by Liow, MCA Youth chief Datuk Chong Sin Woon, school officials and others.
On the school's request to acquire a piece of land located nearby to expand its compound, Najib said he will consider this after the GE14 as Barisan is currently Malaysia's caretaker government.
“If we have the right results, and I am in a generous mood, we will consider this request after the election,” he said.