PETALING JAYA: Umno Supreme Council member Nazri Aziz is confident his recent spat with MIC will not damage ties between the two Barisan Nasional components, reported Malaysiakini.
Nazri explained this was why he made such statements in the first place.
“Our bond is strong, it would not affect our relationship,” the portal quoted the tourism and culture minister as saying in response to MIC’s claim that his statement had hurt the feelings of its grassroots members.
The Padang Rengas lawmaker, however, said he understood MIC President Dr S Subramaniam’s unhappiness over the matter.
He had earlier been reported to have said that Umno was the dominant party in BN as the other component parties had to parachute their leaders into safe seats.
Later, Nazri went on to declare his admiration for the health minister, stating he had the “highest respect” for Dr Subramaniam.
“With him at the helm of MIC, we will win more seats in the next election,” Malaysiakini reported him as saying.
The war of words between Nazri, MIC and MCA erupted after MCA spokesperson Ti Lian Ker had last week urged Umno to refrain from employing scare tactics to secure Malay votes.
This caused Nazri to take potshots at the MCA and MIC.
Yesterday, however, MCA President Liow Tiong Lai said both Nazri and Ti had decided to bury the hatchet.