PM’s remarks that the Malays were forced to accept ‘orang asing’ during British rule in exchange for independence is downright insulting and unbecoming of a PM who represents all Malaysians

The Prime Minister might claim not to have heard the organiser of the Malay Dignity Congress Zainal Kling say that Malaysia belonged to the Malays during his speech but the PM’s remarks that the Malays were forced to accept ‘orang asing’ during British rule in exchange for independence is downright insulting and unbecoming of a PM who represents all Malaysians.

The following remarks of the PM at the said Congress are certainly uncalled for:

“…Orang asing berasa selesa dengan negara kita dan mereka ingin tinggal di sini. Nak tak nak pun, kita terpaksa terima, kalau tidak kita tidak akan mencapai kemerdekaan.”

The PM should know that such a remark is highly sensitive and threatens racial harmony in the country and can lead to a divided nation along racial lines which must be avoided at all costs.

The PM should have, instead, corrected Kling’s claim that Malaysia belongs to the Malays during his speech. If it really is true that the PM did not hear him say this, the PM should correct him now.

I am in full agreement with Penampang MP Darell Leiking that Malaysia belongs to all Malaysians be it the Malays, Chinese, Indians, Kadazans, Ibans etc and these races must be encouraged to interact harmoniously.

The PM won the last GE14 largely because of the support of non-Malays. That support was to see reforms for the betterment of this country and to move it forward, not to see the country becoming divided along racial lines.

I call on the PM to take the lead in narrowing the gap between the races in the country and dispelling the false notion that the Malays are under threat.

Reprimanding Kling for his insensitive remarks at the said Congress would be a good start and I urge the PM to do so forthwith.

Ramkarpal Singh
CHAIRMAN, DAP NATIONAL LEGAL BUREAU & MP FOR BUKIT GELUGOR
Media statement by Ramkarpal Singh in Kuala Lumpur on Monday, 7th October 2019