Goh just be­ing hon­est – MCA

The Borneo Post (Sabah) - - FRONT PAGE -

KOTA KINABALU: MCA Sabah Pub­lic Ser­vices and Com­plaints Bureau sec­re­tary Arthur SK Sim has de­scribed as ab­surd and very un­gentle­man­like for Rekan Husin, the pres­i­dent of Perkasa Sabah Chapter and his na­tional youth leader Burhanud­din to ac­cuse Datuk Francis Goh of twist­ing Ibrahim Ali’s state­ment about mi­nor­ity rights and ke­t­u­a­nan Me­layu spirit in Sabah dur­ing the launch of the Perkasa Libaran AGM.

Sim said: “Not only MCA’s Datuk Francis Goh, but PKR’s Christina Liew, Upko sec­re­tary Datuk Don­ald Mo­juntin and The Fed­er­a­tion of Chi­nese As­so­ci­a­tions Sabah (FCAS) Tan Sri TC Goh had also called for the state gov­ern­ment to ban rad­i­cal racists like Perkasa chief Datuk Ibrahim Ali from en­ter­ing Sabah.

“It is clear how un­wel­come Datuk Ibrahim Ali and Perkasa is in Sabah.

“Our MCA deputy chair­man Datuk Francis Goh is him­self a sino-Kadazan and a pure blue blooded Saba­han. He was just be­ing hon­est and blunt by point­ing out the out­ra­geous con­tents of the speech by Ibrahim Ali.

“By say­ing a ci­ti­zen­ship is not granted to him is again proof that Perkasa is a bunch of racists who al­ways think that all Chi­nese in Sabah are ‘pen­datang’,” Sim claimed.

“Goh be­lieved that it was im­per­a­tive to tell Ibrahim Ali in or­der to safe­guard the pre­cious peace­ful and har­mo­nious en­vi­ron­ment which the mul­tira­cial peo­ple of Sabah has since time im­memo­rial.”

Speak­ing at a Perkasa spe­cial an­nual con­fer­ence in Tuaran over the week­end, Ibrahim Ali al­legedly em­pha­sized that the mi­nori­ties should not cross the line to the point of deny­ing the rights of the indige­nous peo­ple in Sabah.

He was ap­par­ently re­fer­ring to the Chi­nese com­mu­nity’s de­mand for the recog­ni­tion of the Uni­fied Ex­am­i­na­tion Certificate (UEC), which al­legedly said was akin to step­ping on the heads of the indige­nous peo­ple.

Goh said Ibrahim Ali had gone too far in seek­ing at­ten­tion for him­self by pit­ting the lo­cal Chi­nese against the indige­nous peo­ple of Sabah. Goh fur­ther added that spread­ing ex­treme racial ha­tred by racist big­ots hid­ing un­der the um­brella of Ke­t­u­a­nan Me­layu has no place in Sabah.

Sim said the na­tional youth leader of Perkasa, Burhanud­din’s com­par­i­tion of MCA to a well­known ex­treme racist NGO in Malaysia was be­yond ab­sur­dity.

“MCA is a coali­tion part­ner of BN and her pres­ence in Sabah is solely to as­sist the peo­ple in ev­ery pos­si­ble way she can, re­gard­less of race and re­li­gious af­fil­i­a­tion. Whereas for Perkasa, her ul­ti­mate aim is to de­stroy the co-ex­is­tence of the so­cial fab­ric of the mul­ti­eth­nic and multi-re­li­gious unity and har­mony. Sabah needs MCA; Sabah does not need an ex­treme racist NGO like Perkasa,” he said.

Sim stressed that Chi­nese ed­u­ca­tion had con­trib­uted sig­nif­i­cantly to the indige­nous peo­ple whereby there are quite a large num­ber of indige­nous stu­dents study­ing in Chi­nese schools in Sabah.

Even the Sarawak state gov­ern­ment had in 2015, of­fi­cially rec­og­nized the UEC as the en­try re­quire­ment for its pub­lic univer­sity and al­lowed its hold­ers to se­cure jobs in the pub­lic sec­tor.

Goh feels that Ibrahim Ali should give a sat­is­fac­tory ex­pla­na­tion on how the de­mand for recog­ni­tion of UEC is akin to step­ping on the heads of the indige­nous peo­ple.

“Fail­ing which he should pub­licly apol­o­gise to the en­tire Chi­nese com­mu­nity in Malaysia and Sabah in par­tic­u­lar,” he said.

Ac­cord­ing to Sim, what is there to twist if Ibrahim Ali had ad­mit­ted that he is the King of Racist in Malaysia.


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