Send more reps to BN gov­ern­ment, PM tells the Chi­nese

The Borneo Post - - NATIONAL -

KUALA LUMPUR: Datuk Seri Na­jib Tun Razak yes­ter­day urged the Chi­nese in coun­try to send more rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the com­mu­nity to the mul­tira­cial Barisan Na­sional (BN) gov­ern­ment in the next gen­eral elec­tion.

The Prime Min­is­ter said he wanted to see a stronger rep­re­sen­ta­tion from the com­mu­nity in his gov­ern­ment, adding that BN cur­rently only had six per cent of mem­bers of par­lia­ment from the eth­nic group which was a very low num­ber.

“I want a stronger Chi­nese rep­re­sen­ta­tion in the BN gov­ern­ment. We need the num­ber to go up.

“If the Chi­nese voice is stronger in BN, then you are able to shape the poli­cies and pos­si­bil­i­ties of this gov­ern­ment even bet­ter, and even stronger in the fu­ture,” he said be­fore a 16,000-strong crowd at the Chi­nese Com­mu­nity Pa­tri­otic Assem­bly or­gan­ised by MCA at Pu­tra World Trade Cen­tre, here.

The BN chair­man also pointed out that as a mul­tira­cial nation, while the gov­ern­ment is in­clu­sive and al­ways as­sist­ing in cre­at­ing busi­ness op­por­tu­ni­ties for the com­mu­nity, the Chi­nese also must work to­gether with other eth­nic groups in nation build­ing.

“The re­al­ity is that you can­not go it alone. This is a mul­tira­cial coun­try and it must be based on a mul­tira­cial gov­ern­ment, that is mod­er­ate and pro­gres­sive. Let’s move ahead (to­gether), we have so much to look for­ward to,” he said, adding that the BN gov­ern­ment is also com­mit­ted to­wards build­ing a peace­ful and a har­mo­nious nation.

He also urged the Chi­nese com­mu­nity not to con­tinue to

I want a stronger Chi­nese rep­re­sen­ta­tion in the BN gov­ern­ment. We need the num­ber to go up. — Datuk Seri Na­jib Tun Razak, Prime Min­is­ter

waste its time with the pro­pa­ganda of the op­po­si­tion which was only try­ing to top­ple the gov­ern­ment.

Na­jib said that although the BN had recorded many suc­cesses that all could be proud of lately like the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the MRT pro­ject and draw­ing in huge for­eign in­vest­ments, it was still be­ing crit­i­cised by the op­po­si­tion.

“Don’t crit­i­cise blindly. For the op­po­si­tion, what­ever good you do, they will turn and twist it so that the peo­ple hate us. Re­mem­ber, the op­po­si­tion in their mind, if you can’t con­vince them, con­fuse them.

“This is the op­po­si­tion’s mantra be­cause this was what I dis­cussed with a leader of the op­po­si­tion who was once with us be­fore. His take was that the art of psy­cho­log­i­cal war­fare is that, you if can’’t con­vince them, try to con­fuse them,” he said.

Thus, he said, the peo­ple should not fall prey to the op­po­si­tion’s pro­pa­ganda be­cause the gov­ern­ment to­day was one that was com­mit­ted to the ad­vance­ment of all Malaysians.

Na­jib also in­vited all Malaysians to to­gether help re­alise the dream of mak­ing Malaysia among the top 20 na­tions in the world by 2050.

“I don’t want Malaysia to be a so-so coun­try. I want to set the bar high and keep it high so that we can at­tain global world class stan­dards.

“If we can work to­gether in the spirit of 1Malaysia, there is no rea­son why Malaysia can­not be among the top 20 na­tions,” he said.

On the ques­tion of ed­u­ca­tion, the prime min­is­ter said that the BN gov­ern­ment was will­ing to give ap­proval for the es­tab­lish­ment of more ver­nac­u­lar Chi­nese schools es­pe­cially in new growth ar­eas to meet the needs of the com­mu­nity.

He also wanted the Chi­nese com­mu­nity to mas­ter Ba­hasa Malaysia which is the na­tional lan­guage and for na­tional iden­tity.

He said Ba­hasa Malaysia was also the lin­gua franca of unity for the var­i­ous eth­nic groups in the coun­try.

“I only ask you, when you have more Chi­nese schools, please strengthen your pro­fi­ciency of our na­tional lan­guage. You can learn Chi­nese but please speak good Ba­hasa. Don’t say ‘gua’ or ‘lu’ any­more (col­lo­quial Malay for me and you),” he said.

Also present were MCA pres­i­dent Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai and his deputy Datuk Seri Wee Ka Siong, Ger­akan pres­i­dent Datuk Seri Mah Siew Keong, bad­minton su­per­star Datuk Lee Chong Wei and var­i­ous Chi­nese com­mu­nity lead­ers.

At the event, Na­jib also pre­sented Out­stand­ing Malaysian Chi­nese Awards to three re­cip­i­ents.

Be­sides Chong Wei. the other re­cip­i­ents were world div­ing cham­pion Cheong Jun Hoong and Batu Pa­hat-born sci­en­tist Dr Lam Shu Jie, who is now liv­ing in Australia. — Ber­nama

Na­jib con­grat­u­lates Chong Wei the two other award re­cip­i­ents Cheong (right) and Dr Lam look on with Liow (se­cond right) and Wee. — Ber­nama photo

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