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Understand needs of other races, Zahid tells Umno members

 | August 13, 2017

The acting Umno deputy president says the 'divide and rule' strategy must never be practised in Malaysia.

zahid-hamidi-umno-logo-rakyat-malaysia-bukan-islam-1PETALING JAYA: Umno’s acting deputy president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi today urged party members to embrace cross-cultural communication and understand the needs of other races.

He said the country has always been a plural society and should never be compartmentalised.

Zahid said Umno and Barisan Nasional (BN) component parties must understand the needs of other races as this was vital for the upcoming 14th general election.

“When the British colonised Malaysia, they implemented the ‘divide and rule’ strategy. But when we gained independence, we decided on power-sharing,” The Star quoted Zahid as saying.

The deputy prime minister said the “divide and rule” strategy must never be practised in this country again.

He said all parties must work together for the people, citing Tapah as an example.

“The MP for Tapah is from MIC and its assemblymen are from MCA and Umno,” he said.

“They work well together and there are no differences between them,” he told Tapah Umno delegates at its division meeting at the Dewan Merdeka in Tapah today.

Zahid said the country’s plural nature should be defended at all cost.

He added that Umno, as the backbone of BN, had to be at the forefront of cross-cultural communication.

“When we start doing so, other component parties will follow. We have to understand the sentiments of every race in this country,” he was quoted as saying.

He said mutual respect between races was important for the peace and harmony of the country.


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