PETALING JAYA: Syed Saddiq Abdul Rahman should not be full of himself, and instead understand the context of MCA and MIC’s formation before slamming them for being communal organisations, Ti Lian Ker said.
The MCA spokesman explained that the three political parties were formed to bridge the gap of a multiracial society as a result of the “divide and rule” concept implemented by colonialists.
On the other hand, Ti said Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia was founded at a time when Malaysians are craving for more inclusiveness in political parties, hence, the desire for a multiracial platform.
Which is why Bersatu, the former Pahang assemblyman said, had failed in this aspect when it decided to segregate its Bumiputera members from the non-Bumiputera ones by allowing the latter to only qualify as associate members.
“Yet, it has the cheek to say that the party is inclusive and will be open to all.
“This is contradictory, absurd and going against their manifested intentions to ‘uphold justice and challenge evil’,” he told FMT in response to criticisms levelled at MCA by Syed Saddiq.
Syed Saddiq, who is one of Bersatu’s co-founders, yesterday labelled MCA and MIC “defunct and powerless” after the two Barisan Nasional components chastised the newly-formed party for being race-based.
The activist also proclaimed that Bersatu had “walked the talk” by forming a more Malaysian party.
To this, Ti said that a young man like Syed Saddiq should not be “haughty or arrogant”.
As an individual with the gift of the gab, Ti said Syed Saddiq should be more respectful and forgo insults.
“Rookies like Syed should not be so full of themselves and dismissive of others.”
Bersatu, a party mooted by former Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad, was formed recently and its pro tem president, Muhyiddin Yassin had formally applied to the Registrar of Societies two days ago for its official status.
The party, while primarily for Bumiputera citizens, including Sabahans and Sarawakians, is also open to all others, but as associate members who would share the same rights as regular members, except the ability to vote or stand for positions in the party.