THERE is no room for Ketuanan Melayu in Sabah, says MCA, in rebuffing Perkasa president Ibrahim Ali’s claim that minorities in Sabah should stop making “nonsensical” demands and be thankful they are recognised as Malaysians.
Sabah MCA deputy chairman Francis Goh said the Malay rights group leader should familiarise himself with the racial make up of Sabah before stirring hatred among the indigenous people against the Chinese minority.
Goh said aside from intermarriages and racial harmony, the Chinese and the KadazanDusun Murut (KDMs) people share a preference for “eating pork and drinking beer”.
“Please Ibrahim Ali, do not come to Sabah to spread your racial hatred here, do not come here to spread lies before understanding the historical facts and the racial harmony among the Chinese and the indigenous people,” he told The Malaysian Insight.
He also said the minorities should be grateful that they were recognised as Malaysians, adding that his statements were not in any way racist as he was only defending the rights of the indigenous people in Sabah. Ibrahim was in Mengkabong Tuaran attending Perkasa Sabah’s annual general conference.
Statistics from 2015 showed that the Chinese comprised 311,500 of the state’s population of 3.544 million.
Goh said Ibrahim was not informed that 55% of students in Chinese primary schools in Sabah were non-Chinese, namely KDMs and Malays.
“Non-Chinese parents send their kids to Chinese schools, knowing the importance of the Mandarin language.
“The mastery of Mandarin would allow them to communicate with Chinese nationals as China is a rising economy,” he said.
Goh also reminded Ibrahim that Sabah and Sarawak had agreed to form Malaysia with Malaya in 1963, and his statement that the Chinese in Sabah should be grateful to be recognised as Malaysians showed just how poor was Ibrahim’s knowledge of Malaysian history.
“As a matter of fact, Sabahans would be more prosperous and happier if they had never agreed to form Malaysia.
“Ibrahim should respect the spirit of the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63). Even our prime minister (Najib Razak), who came to Kota Kinabalu on September 16 to celebrate Malaysia Day, said Putrajaya would review MA63 and restore the special rights of the East Malaysian states,” he said.
“So Ibrahim Ali, if you come here to Sabah to stir racist sentiments or try to display your Ketuanan Melayu, you have no room here and Perkasa had better go back to Peninsular Malaysia and declare officially that it is a political stooge for Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu).
“If you are so concerned about indigenous Sabahans, then urge the government to grant the minorities equal economic and business opportunities, and assist them financially,” Goh said.
Goh also urged Ibrahim not to object to the use of the word “Allah” by the non-Muslim KDMs if he truly wanted to champion the rights of the indigenous people of Sabah.
THE MALAYSIAN INSIGHT