Melaka's history bodes well for multiracial harmony, says state Bersatu chief


MELAKA: Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu) should lead the way in promoting harmony among the different ethnic groups, as multiculturalism has existed in Melaka since time immemorial, says state party chief Datuk Seri Mohd Redzuan Yusof.

"We must learn to co-exist without slighting the feelings of another race," he said in his speech during Bersatu's Hari Raya open house and opening of the party's new office at Ayer Keroh here late Friday (June 28) evening.

Mohd Redzuan said the fact remained that each race had played their role in developing Melaka.

"We have to accept this fact and continue building a strong bond between all ethnicities," he said.

During a press conference later, Mohd Redzuan denied the speculation of infighting within the party and described the disagreement as a "normal and democratic" process.

He said party members were free to voice out their grievances against his

leadership.

"It's normal for some to be dissatisfied, and in the spirit of Hari Raya, I would like to state that I don't harbour ill feelings against my fellow party members and I am willing to forgive and forget.

"It's more imperative that we work together as one big family," he said.

Mohd Redzuan, who is also Entrepreneur Development Minister, was commenting on a joint statement issued on June 20 by Bersatu women's wing (Sri Kandi) chief Azalina Abdul Rahman and Armada (youth) chief Ramlan Meon, claiming that Mohd Redzuan was no longer efficient in leading the state party.

Meanwhile, he said Melaka Bersatu had received many membership

applications, but would be screened to admit only "qualified" individuals.