Umno at the fore­front of cross-cul­tural com­mu­ni­ca­tion, says Zahid

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CROSS-CUL­TURAL com­mu­ni­ca­tion among Malaysians will nur­ture mu­tual un­der­stand­ing among all races, Deputy Prime Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Dr Ah­mad Zahid Hamidi said.

He said it would also strengthen ties in a plu­ral so­ci­ety.

“We know that there are sen­ti­ments played by cer­tain quar­ters to di­vide us. The di­vide-an­drule pol­icy dur­ing the colo­nial era must be stopped to safe­guard har­mony among Malaysians.

“Af­ter 60 years of In­de­pen­dence, such a di­vide should not have taken place. Umno, as the back­bone of Barisan Na­sional, has al­ways been at the fore­front of cross-cul­tural com­mu­ni­ca­tion.

Open­ing the Ta­pah Umno di­vi­sion del­e­gates’ meet­ing, the Umno vice-pres­i­dent cited the Ta­pah con­stituency as a good ex­am­ple of BN’s con­cept of pow­er­shar­ing — MIC’s Datuk M. Sar­a­vanan is Ta­pah mem­ber of par­lia­ment, Chen­de­ri­ang as­sem­bly­man is MCA’s Datuk Dr Mah Han Soon and Umno’s Datuk Sam­sudin Abu Has­san is Ayer Kun­ing as­sem­bly­man.

“The 1Malaysia spirit is clearly shown here where the com­po­nent par­ties work closely to­gether and they have sta­tis­tics to back their achieve­ments.

“Ta­pah re­ceived more votes when BN suf­fered a de­crease in ma­jor­ity (of votes in the gen­eral elec­tions) at some con­stituen­cies in Perak.

“In 2008, the con­stituency re­ceived a ma­jor­ity of 3,020 votes and the num­ber had in­creased to 7,927 in the last gen­eral elec­tion.

“If the elected rep­re­sen­ta­tives and party ma­chin­ery work hard in cor­rect­ing per­cep­tions, na­tional is­sues will not be a main fac­tor that could lead to vote swing,” Zahid said.

He said Prime Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Na­jib Razak’s lead­er­ship fo­cused on safe­guard­ing the peo­ple’s well­be­ing, re­gard­less of back­ground or political be­liefs.

“De­spite re­duced Chi­nese sup­port, we re­main stead­fast in pro­vid­ing our ser­vices to all as it is our re­spon­si­bil­ity.

“Party lead­ers must have more en­gage­ments with the Chi­nese com­mu­nity, in­clud­ing non-gov­ern­men­tal or­gan­i­sa­tions and clans’ as­so­ci­a­tions.”

Zahid also said Malaysians should em­brace their roots.

“I am proud to ad­mit that I am a ‘Jawa’ (of Ja­vanese de­scent). My fa­ther was born in In­done­sia and my mother was born in Malaysia.

“How­ever, some peo­ple were be­ing sen­si­tive when I merely stated a fact of some­one’s (lin­eage) back­ground,” he said, in a veiled re­sponse to re­ac­tions to­wards his re­cent com­ments on for­mer prime min­is­ter Tun Dr Ma­hathir Mo­hamad’s parent­age.


Umno vice-pres­i­dent Datuk Seri Dr Ah­mad Zahid Hamidi open­ing the Ta­pah Umno di­vi­sion del­e­gates’ meet­ing yes­ter­day. With him is Ta­pah Umno di­vi­sion chief Datuk Sam­sudin Abu Has­san (sec­ond from right).

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