MCA crit­i­cises com­ments over GLC ap­point­ments


PE­TAL­ING JAYA: Barisan Na­sional (BN) com­po­nent par­ties have slammed com­ments made dur­ing the Umno gen­eral as­sem­bly on the ap­point­ment of non-Malays in top po­si­tions in gov­ern­ment-linked com­pa­nies (GLCs).

MCA and Ger­akan ex­pressed dis­may that the racial card had been played dur­ing the de­bates by Wanita Umno.

Wanita MCA public­ity bureau chair­man Ivone Low Yi Wen said her party was aghast over com­ments by Wanita Umno Ba­gan divi­sion chief Hami­dah Ar­shad.

Hami­dah had said: “GLCs be­long to us, but why are we giv­ing them (top po­si­tions) away to other races?”

Low pointed out that the de­scrip­tion “gov­ern­ment-linked com­pa­nies” rep­re­sents all Malaysians, ir­re­spec­tive of eth­nic­ity and re­li­gion.

“The gov­ern­ment is not a pri­vate (en­tity) owned solely by Wanita Umno.

“Tax-pay­ing Malaysians con­trib­ute to­wards the gov­ern­ment’s cof­fers for al­lo­ca­tion to­wards all min­istries, gov­ern­ment agen­cies, in­clud­ing GLCs, for na­tional development in ev­ery Bud­get,” she said.

Low added it was un­for­tu­nate that Hami­dah had ex­ploited the Wanita Umno de­bates to score po­lit­i­cal mileage.

She urged Hami­dah to pro­vide a break­down on the num­ber of em­ploy­ees in GLCs based on eth­nic­ity and, like­wise, the eth­nic break­down of all con­trac­tors, con­sul­tants and lawyers cur­rently pro­vid­ing ser­vices to GLCs.

Ger­akan Youth deputy na­tional head Andy Yong Kim Seng said some in Umno are us­ing the racial card be­cause they have reached a stage where they think BN com­po­nent par­ties can­not win in the com­ing gen­eral elec­tion.

“This is not a right move as it un­der­mines the com­po­nent par­ties. This detri­men­tal act will end up alien­at­ing vot­ers.

“As the lead­ing party, Umno should not sup­port one side or the other but be all-in­clu­sive,” he said.

Yong said mer­its should play an im­por­tant part in the fu­ture of the coun­try and not race-based ap­point­ments.

He added that since in­de­pen­dence, all races have helped de­velop the na­tion and make the coun­try what it is to­day, and that this trend must con­tinue for the sake of the coun­try’s fu­ture.

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