KOTA KINABALU: Abdul Rahman Dahlan has hailed Prime Minister Najib Razak for having done more for Chinese in the country than his predecessors because of his love and appreciation for the community.
The Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department said Najib was helping the Chinese in any way that he could.
“He never called Chinese ‘pendatang’ (migrants) or made light of their contributions,” said Rahman, who is also Barisan Nasional Strategic Communications director.
“Of all the prime ministers we have had, Najib has done more for the Chinese community than the prime ministers before him combined.”
The MP for Kota Belud said this in his speech at a Chinese New Year event in Luyang here yesterday.
Rahman also said Najib had never rejected any policy proposed to him that would benefit the Malaysian Chinese.
He said whenever MCA or Gerakan rejected proposed policies which they thought were disadvantageous to the community, Najib would immediately cancel them.
“I can vouch for this because I am in the cabinet meetings. I know,” he said, adding that at the state level Sabah chief minister Musa Aman had also never treated the Chinese badly.
Referring to the recent controversy over Tourism and Culture Minister Nazri Aziz insulting billionaire businessman Robert Kuok over allegations that he was funding DAP, Rahman said people, especially Malaysian Chinese, should only pay attention to what Najib said on the issue and not heed comments made by others.
“I would like to advise Malaysians to just listen to the prime minister because this prime minister Najib Razak loves the Chinese community and he will help you in any way he can,” Rahman said.
Therefore, people should not care what a minister or other politicians remarked.
He said some ministers had the tendency to speak before they think, but the people should only be concerned if the prime minister jumps on the bandwagon of the criticisms.
Rahman said no one in their right minds would deny that Chinese had played a crucial role in the development of the country.
He said as a minister in charge of economic development he was aware of their contributions, regardless whether they were business tycoons, school teachers or simple grocers.
“It does not matter what you do. You have contributed to the development of the country and no one can take that credit away from you. Malaysian Chinese are not ‘pendatang’ in this country,” he said.
Kuok came under attack from some Umno leaders, following a claim by blogger Raja Petra Kamarudin that the tycoon was funding a campaign to overthrow the government, a charge denied by Kuok.
On Feb 27, Najib departed from the hostile tone of the Umno leaders, praising the billionaire for his contributions to the nation’s progress.
“Robert Kuok’s entrepreneurial success is a Malaysian success story and is an inspiration to entrepreneurs who want to succeed,” said a statement issued by Najib’s press secretary Tengku Sariffuddin Tengku Ahmad.