JOHOR BARU: Pasir Gudang MCA members are seeking an apology from Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad after he claimed that Chinese were "rich and owned all the cities in Malaysia".
Pasir Gudang MCA deputy public complaints bureau chief Ang Tun Chek said the remarks by the former prime minister could instigate disunity among the races.
"As the former prime minister and an MP, I would expect him to work towards uniting the races and not the opposite.
"It is unfair to the Chinese community that he has labeled us as rich and owners of cities in the country when, clearly, cities are not owned by any race but by their respective state governments," he said during a press conference at the Pasir Gudang MCA office here on Wednesday (July 1).
Ang said he was also disappointed that some Chinese politicians had not spoken out on the matter.
"As representatives of the people, they should voice out against such racially sensitive remarks," he said, adding that Dr Mahathir had also received many votes from the Chinese during the last general election.
"We've made a police report against his statement and we want an official apology.
"I would also like to plead with the Malaysian Chinese not to take Dr Mahathir's remarks to heart, and not harbour ill intent against any race in the country because of what he said," he added.
Earlier, The Star reported that MCA president Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong had rebutted the former prime minister's claims.
He said there were enough recent reports to show that the Chinese, in all levels of income, had already declined.
“I am not sure if Dr Mahathir is pretending not to know or whether he is merely playing the racial card, ” Dr Wee had said
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