NO leader should ever threaten the people to gain votes; by singling out the Chinese community, Prime Minister Najib Razak and MCA leaders were just making more people angry at Barisan Nasional, DAP’s Liew Chin Tong said.
The Kluang MP said Najib had “marred” the Hari Malaysia celebration yesterday with a speech that contained “elements of threatening Chinese Malaysian voters in the lead up to the coming general election”.
Najib is reported to have said that “the Chinese community would be targeted should Malaysia ever descend into chaos…If there is no peace in our country, what will happen? The Chinese will be the first to be targeted if there is no peace in this country.”
The BN chairman was speaking at the MCA-organised Malaysian Chinese Patriotic Rally at the Putra World Trade Centre (PWTC) yesterday.
“This is yet another reason for us to reject Najib, MCA and BN in the coming general election,” Liew, who is DAP political education director, said today at a Pakatan Harapan coffee shop forum and community cycling event in Johor Baru this morning.
At the PWTC, Najib urged the Chinese in Malaysia not to waste time on the opposition, saying the BN government needed strong Chinese backing. He reminded the Chinese business community that the government had helped them in their businesses.
Najib pledged to build more Chinese primary schools in return.
Liew reminded Najib that BN lost the trust of ethnic Chinese and Indian voters when former Umno Youth chief Hishammuddin Hussein was seen brandishing the keris at every Umno general assembly from 2005 to 2007.
“The waving of the keris was perceived as a not-very-subtle threat of violence against those who did not agree with Umno,” he said.
Liew also slammed MCA, saying he would not be surprised if it was the Chinese-based BN component party that had advised Najib to make the remarks.
“At the moment, MCA is obsessed with its ‘30% strategy’ to win 30% of ethnic Chinese votes by threatening violence and advocating spoiled votes.
“In the 2013 general election, the then Pakatan Rakyat received 85% of ethnic Chinese votes across the board on the peninsula.
“What MCA is hoping for is that by exploiting some problems within Pakatan and fear among Chinese voters, it could double the seats it won by winning 30% Chinese support while keeping the same level of ethnic Malay votes,” he said.
Liew said it would be “foolish” of MCA to assume that Malay voters were safely with Umno, when it was now “visible and clear that many Malays are prepared to jump from Najib’s sinking ship”.
“It is also wishful thinking by Najib and MCA to assume that Malay voters would not feel angry at the waste and plundering of Malaysia’s resources by Najib, his family and associates.
“Malaysians must teach Najib and MCA a hard lesson so that they learn to respect voters and democracy regardless of ethnic background.”
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