Tuesday, August 17, 2010

MCA SELFISH!! - UMNO lawmakers

By Boo Su-Lyn

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 17 — Umno lawmakers told the MCA today not to be selfish in fighting for the Chinese community at the expense of the Malays.

They also accused MCA president Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek of causing racial tension by suggesting last weekend a cut in Bumiputera quotas.

The attack against the MCA from Umno lawmakers comes amid an escalating row between the two Barisan Nasional (BN) allies.

Yesterday, Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin warned the MCA not to undermine the BN coalition.

“Datuk Seri Dr Chua (Soi Lek) is only thinking about the Chinese,” Pasir Salak MP Datuk Tajuddin Abdul Rahman told The Malaysian Insider today.

“Why can’t he think about Malaysia as a whole to get support of all Malaysians, or how to get Malay support for Umno and BN?” asked Tajuddin.

He said Dr Chua would “cause problems for race relations” by proposing a reduction of the 30 per cent Bumiputera quota across the board.

The outspoken MP pointed out that BN could not form the government without support for Umno, saying: “What happens if Malays do not support Umno? Can BN form the government?”

The MCA appears to have grown increasingly critical of its ally Umno, with Dr Chua implying yesterday that some Umno leaders had not yet learned from BN’s poor results in Election 2008.

Dr Chua’s remarks came after Home Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein’s reminder to the Chinese party to stick to BN’s struggles.

Dr Chua has also said that the party would not be afraid to side with its opposition foe DAP on issues that benefited the community and would not run away from making its stand known.

The MCA president’s latest remark contrasted starkly with his position when he was forced by Muhyiddin to back down over the party’s stand on the “Allah” issue.

Tajuddin pointed out today that Umno would support the MCA’s fight for Chinese interests as long as it did not attempt to remove Malay privileges.

“Umno cares about the interests of the Chinese, Indians and others, all Malaysians. But he (Dr Chua) is fighting for the Chinese by asking the government to take away something from the Malays,” added the Pasir Salak MP.

“He (Dr Chua) is talking only from his perspective, within MCA circle. He does not talk within the circle of BN,” said Tajuddin.

Johor Baru MP Datuk Seri Shahrir Abdul Samad echoed Tajuddin’s points, saying that compromise between races was necessary in a multi-racial country.

“In this country, we have to compromise,” said Shahrir, adding that the 30 per cent Bumiputera quota was necessary to encourage the growth of Malay businesses.

“It (Muhyiddin’s warning) is fair. If we do not have quotas, how do you restructure the community or encourage Malays to be in business?” added Shahrir, when asked to comment on how MCA could fulfil its responsibilities to the Chinese after Umno had warned the party not to do it at the expense of the Malays.

Selangor Opposition Leader Datuk Seri Dr Khir Toyo agreed with Shahrir, saying that the Chinese should not compare themselves to the Malays in terms of receiving favours from the government.

“For the Chinese, they can fight for their own rights. But do not compare to what Malays are getting from the government,” said Dr Khir.

“In our economy, we (the Malays) are fighting for 30 per cent. But we never compare to the Chinese getting more than 40 per cent. We do not compare so that Chinese do not get hurt,” added Dr Khir.

The former Selangor mentri besar also insisted that the affirmative action policy was not the cause of a stagnating economy, pointing out that the government should focus on the services industry instead of government procurements.

At the MCA’s Chinese Economic Congress last weekend, Dr Chua had called for a reduction of the 30 per cent Bumiputera target to liberalise the economy and had proposed appointing more non-Bumiputeras in government-linked companies (GLCs), besides creating an open tender system for government procurements.

The Malaysian Insider



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