PETALING JAYA: A veterans group today slammed Umno for linking DAP with the Chinese, saying there is no need to inflame racial sentiments with such tactics.
“We do not hear of any one saying ‘Umno Malays’, ‘MCA Chinese’, ‘MIC Indians’ or ‘PBS Kadazan’. Only the party name is mentioned, and rightfully so.
“However, when it comes to DAP, ethnicity has to be linked to it,” National Association of Patriots (PPK) president Brig Gen (Rtd) Mohamed Arshad Raji said in a statement.
Mohamed Arshad said this was an old campaign tactic which had been used for over 50 years now.
“Such tactics are divisive and create blind hatred, and the wounds cut too deep to prevent speedy healing.
“It worked then mainly because our society was not affluent or dynamic.
“We Malaysians must confine such divisive tactics of campaigning to history and bury it into the abyss of the Jurassic era forever,” he added.
Calling the move “crude, immature and uneducated”, Mohamed Arshad said every citizen should be made to feel important and needed, and instilled with a sense of belonging and love for king and country.
“Please, Umno, ask your members to grow up and start thinking of Malaysia as a whole.”