Nazri and Ti bury the hatchet

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PETALING JAYA: Umno minister Nazri Aziz and MCA’s Ti Lian Ker have agreed to bury the hatchet following their recent spat over how Umno should conduct itself, MCA President Liow Tiong Lai revealed.

In a short statement, the president of the Chinese-based BN component party said that both Nazri and Ti had assured him that the “episode was over” and they remained fully committed to BN’s mission.

“As a large coalition, it is very normal to have differing viewpoints and it has been our tradition that after all is said, the consensus rule applies.

“And like countless other occasions, we will return stronger.”

Nazri and Ti were engaged in a war of words on Monday after the latter had last week urged Umno to refrain from employing scare tactics to secure Malay votes.

The tourism and culture minister, however, said it was better to be a village hero than becoming like MCA, which only has seven parliamentary seats.

Ti, who is MCA Religious Harmony Bureau chairman, responded by labelling Nazri as arrogant for belittling a BN component party.

The former Pahang assemblyman also questioned Nazri’s relationship with DAP, particularly its secretary-general, Lim Guan Eng.

Meanwhile, MIC President Dr S Subramaniam called on MIC members to keep calm over Nazri’s remarks, which he said had hurt the feelings of grassroots members.

The health minister said while positive dialogue was welcome, “ugly situations” which could divide the BN should be avoided.

“We should uphold the principle of mutual respect for each other.”