KUALA LUMPUR: MCA president Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong has slammed Pakatan Harapan candidate Karmaine Sardini over his remarks that oil palm smallholders living in villages should be grateful for the current price of palm oil.
He said Karmaine was out of touch with reality.
Dr Wee, who is the Ayer Hitam MP, said this showed that Karmaine was not sensitive towards the feelings of smallholders living in villages.
"I feel sad over his statement. This only gives the impression that he does not know how hard life is for the oil palm smallholders," he told reporters at the parliament lobby on Tuesday (Nov 5).
It was reported that Karmaine defended his remarks, saying that "what I meant was we should be grateful. No matter how much yields we got, we should be grateful.
"Rezeki itu Allah yang tentukan (Allah determines what we are bestowed).
"As Muslims, we should be grateful with what we have. But its okay lah," he said.
Dr Wee also condemned Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Minister Datuk Seri Salahuddin Ayub, who reportedly held a closed door meeting with the teachers of a vernacular school in Tanjung Piai.
"He campaigned openly, but did it in a closed-door meeting to gain votes.
"This something unethical. They always claim to champion fairness, yet they campaign this way
"Why did they use the school facilities and government machinery? Didn't Pakatan fight against the use of government machinery when campaigning?
"Have they forgotten their own words?" asked Dr Wee.
He said by resorting to these type of campaigning tactics, Pakatan showed it was desperate for votes.
"They may be desperate, but they cannot do this. They are willing to go against their principles when they were the Opposition," he said.
A 1min-19sec video of the minister holding a closed-door meeting with teachers had gone viral on social media.