KUALA LUMPUR: Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi has denied that the country is in a state of uncertainty in its economy and politics.
“There are some claiming that Malaysia’s economy and politics are unstable, that our society is breaking apart because we are from different religions and cultures.
“They are saying Malaysian society is facing disintegration. All these allegations are wrong,” he said when opening Malaysian Makkal Sakti Party’s 8th general assembly here today.
Present were Barisan Nasional secretary-general Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor and Malaysian Makkal Sakti Party president R S Thanenthiran.
With Malaysia’s economy growing at 4.1 per cent in the first half of this year, Zahid said it proved that the national economy was more stable than that of its neighbouring countries.
Zahid, who is also Home Minister, stressed that this growth was despite the constraints of the falling prices of oil and gas, which were not only experienced by Malaysia but other countries.
He said Prime Minister Najib Razak was trying his best to improve the prosperity of the country.
On allegations that the country’s economic situation was better during the administration of Dr Mahathir Mohamad, Zahid said the former prime minister was fortunate, as during his days, the prices of oil and commodities were great.
“Now the situation is different. This is not the fault of the leadership… there is volatility in the world market,” he said.
Meanwhile, Zahid, in his speech, urged Malaysian Makkal Sakti Party members to work together with Indian parties in the Barisan Nasional (BN) to continue to fight for the Indian community.
Stressing that only BN could safeguard the welfare of the Indian community in the country, Zahid said this could be seen under the administration of Najib where the community was given special attention via the Indian Community Development Plan which included the Special Secretariat for Empowerment of Indian Entrepreneurs (SEED).
“Currently, the government through SEED has successfully assisted 27,909 Indian entrepreneurs with RM1.1 billion since it was established in 2012,” he said.
Meanwhile, Zahid also urged the party to register at least 7,000 new Indian voters among its youth for the next general election.
He also wanted to see the party cooperate with other BN component parties to ensure that 90 per cent of Indian voters supported the BN.
At a press conference after the meeting, Zahid, commenting on the action of two Johor Umno leaders who quit the party to join newly-formed Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PBBM), said he welcomed their decision.
“I think it is better that Baharom (Gelang Patah Umno Permanent Chairman, Baharom Abdul Ghani) and Jarvanti (Kulai Umno deputy chief, Tosrin Jarvanti) be with PBBM rather than be a thorn in Umno’s (side),” he said.
Both of them announced their resignation from Umno during their respective division delegates’ meeting on Saturday.