MCA president Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong said he found it surprising that none of the DAP leaders like DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng and DAP adviser Lim Kit Siang have not made any statements on the issue.
“The event was organised by universities and it involves the Education Minister Dr Maszlee Malik and his deputy Teo Nie Ching.
“Why are they so quiet, you are the government of the day,” said Dr Wee, who is the Ayer Hitam MP, at the parliament lobby yesterday.
He was asked to comment on the resolution of the congress, including the gradual abolition of vernacular schools.
Dr Wee said that MCA has been consistent on such issues, saying that vernacular schools are for all Malaysians and has been part of the education system.
“Malaysia is made up of a multi-ethnic society. This is our right. Looking at the younger generation, especially those in vernacular schools, there are about 20% non-Chinese students. And we love to see our children work together,” he added.
Dr Wee also questioned whether what was said by Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad had represented the policy of the government.
“This is important for the government of the day to answer. Please don’t be silent, speechless or avoid this issue,” he said.
Separately, PKR president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim said he received a last minute invitation to attend the congress but could not attend it due to another programme in Negri Sembilan.
The Port Dickson MP said he only received the invite on the eve of the congress.
“Azizah (Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail) called me that a representative from the congress invited me to come, but it was too late,” he said at the parliament lobby yesterday when asked to comment why he did not attend the congress.
The congress saw some racially-charged demands mooted by its attendees. Among the resolutions proposed by Pasir Mas MP Ahmad Fadhli Shaari who said top government positions must be held by Malay-Muslims only and that includes the Chief Justice, Attorney General and Chief Secretary to the Government jobs.
The PAS Youth vice-chief added that key positions in the government, such as the prime minister, deputy prime minister, mentris besar, chief ministers, as well as the finance, education, defence and home ministries, should be headed by Malay Muslims.
Asked if he agreed with the demands, Anwar said he wanted to remain focused on issue of governance and ethics.
“These are to me the primary concerns and also there is the issue of poverty and inequality,” he said.
Asked if he agreed that the Finance Minister position should be filled by a Malay, Anwar replied:” The finance minister should be someone qualified, competent, and professional who cares for all Malaysians.
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