PETALING JAYA: MCA fears the return of race-based policies after it observed that DAP is keeping mum over Economic Affairs Minister Datuk Seri Azmin Ali's proposal to return to race-based policies in efforts to boost the country's economy and eradicate poverty.
MCA vice-president Ti Lian Ker (pic) said the party was concerned about numerous announcements of a possible return to a race-based economic agenda instead of one that would work on a needs-based basis.
"MCA asserts that poverty has no colour, and the fight to eradicate poverty should be on a needs basis and not a race basis," said Ti.
"Previous affirmative policies have been camouflaged, hijacked or diverted to enrich a few cronies instead of a broad poverty base that knows no racial barriers," he added.
He said a needs-based agenda, such as that proposed by PKR president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, would be better suited today and added that it is also in line with the people's aspirations of a 'New Malaysia'.
"MCA is perplexed as to why DAP seems to have ignored the 'ugly return of racial policies' and have lost their voice in speaking out against the scourge of a race-based economic agenda," he said.
Ti added that he is worried about DAP's silence to Azmin's proposal saying that party leaders such as Lim Kit Siang, Lim Guan Eng, Anthony Loke, and Teresa Kok have not said a word.
"With their silence, are they agreeing to Azmin’s proposition to return the government’s economic agenda to one that is race-based instead of needs based?" he asked.
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