Politicians to blame for racial tension, says Umno’s Tajuddin

BN MP Tajuddin Abdul Rahman says when politicians want Malay support, they use anti-Chinese slogans and when they want the support of the Chinese, they play up anti-Malay sentiments.

KUALA LUMPUR: Racial issues in the country are created by politicians, says Barisan Nasional MP Tajuddin Abdul Rahman, who is no stranger to controversy.

The Pasir Salak MP and Umno leader said there was no racial tension at the ground level among Malaysians.

“Malays, Chinese and Indians are all ok with each other.

“The problem is with politicians. When we want support, we play up race-based issues for our own benefit.

“Don’t deny this,” he said, also referring to the government side.

“In small towns, we are like brothers. We sleep at the homes of non-Muslims.

“We buy things at Chinese shops and the Chinese buy things at our shops,” he said in the Dewan Rakyat today while debating the Budget 2019 report at the committee stage.

He said he had not heard of any racial issues among the kampung folk or in smaller towns.

“Both sides do this. When we want Malay support, we use anti-Chinese slogans.

“When we want the support of the Chinese, politicians play up anti-Malay sentiments. That is the problem,” he said.

Dr Noor Azmi Ghazali (Independent-Bagan Serai) said MPs need to set a good example for the public.

“We sit at different places. We don’t chat much. We then have a lot of problems while debating.

“I hope MPs take note,” he said when debating on the role of the Rukun Tetangga scheme in the country.

Hearing this, Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man (PAS-Kubang Kerian) said while it was true the country had the Rukun Tetangga to promote unity, participants were usually from a single race.

“Even though we have the Rukun Tetangga, there are no Chinese because the area is full of Malays. Chinese live in Chinese areas and the same for Indians.

“I feel we should have a new plan on how to create greater unity.”

He also hoped the Sedition Act would not be repealed as it was still needed to check abuses by some Malaysians.