KUALA LUMPUR: MCA members will continue to promote racial unity in the country and will not resort to stoking racial tension, says Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong.
The party president said that for the past 72 years, MCA had been the foundation of political stability, working closely with other ethnic groups to build the country.
“We are problem solvers, not troublemakers. We are the bridge that unites the people, not the ones that divide the communities.
“We are the builders of economic development, not performers who advocate populism. We create a stable political environment for the people, rather than becoming the source of political turmoil.
“With wisdom and strategic approaches, we seek consensus with other parties in the coalition. With mutual respect and understanding, we will face problems and find solutions, ” he said in his speech during the party’s anniversary celebrations at Wisma MCA yesterday.
Dr Wee urged party members to work hard and win back the people’s support.
He also expressed his concerns over racial tensions that had “intensified and become prominent” in the past few years, noting that certain parties caused misunderstandings and stand-offs between different groups to garner votes.
“When our opponent tries to gain power by creating racial hatred, MCA depends solely on making peace with others.
“We are a party that unites the people as well as one that creates harmony and peace, ’’ he said.
In a separate address during MCA’s annual general meeting, which was held on the same day,
Dr Wee said various mistakes made by the former Pakatan Harapan government had led to tensions in interracial relations.
He called on party members to continue cultivating interracial harmony to promote trust and respect in a multicultural, multireligious and multilingual society.
“We must continue to promote understanding. Our responsibility is to ensure racial harmony and not cause friction or hatred.
“Interracial relations is vital in ensuring economic vibrancy, political stability, social improvements and continuous development.
“MCA will promote racial harmony so that we can continue to live united and enjoy shared prosperity, ” he said.