MCA president Liow Tiong Lai said he had raised the issue of the attacks directed at tycoon Robert Kuok with Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak.
“Regarding the needless and baseless attacks on Robert Kuok, I’ve conveyed the feelings of the Chinese community to YAB PM.
“We hope that the PM will intervene to put this issue to rest. Mr Kuok has contributed greatly towards the development of the nation,” Liow said in a Twitter posting today.
Kuok, a respectable figure in the Chinese community, is presently based in Hong Kong.
Najib himself had taken aim at Kuok, reminding the tycoon that his success was due to BN.
This was after blogger Raja Petra Kamaruddin alleged that Kuok was funding DAP.
Kuok denied the claim and said he reserved the right to take legal action against the blogger who is in self-imposed exile in the United Kingdom.
Najib’s comment was followed by a torrent of attacks against Kuok by Umno leaders.
The most scathing attack came from Umno supreme council member Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz who called Kuok a “pondan” and challengedhim to relinquish his Malaysian citizenship.
MCA secretary-general Ong Ka Chuan had warned that the attacks against Kuok would not bode well for race relations.