Reject racist policies, Guan Eng tells East Malaysians after Umno-PAS charter

Lim Guan Eng.

PETALING JAYA: DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng today said Sabahans and Sarawakians should be the key decision-makers in the rejection of “irresponsible, fascist and racist politics”, a day after the charter between PAS and Umno was signed.

Lim said there have been certain parties lately who want to reject the “moderate Malaysia” approach by playing up issues related to race and religion and “fomenting hatred with lies” to run down the government.

But he maintained that only a moderate Malaysia that respects the rights of all races, religions and backgrounds can succeed in implementing “shared prosperity”, referring to the government coalition’s theme for its second year in power.

“By adhering to the basic principle of a ‘Moderate Malaysia’, as outlined in the Federal Constitution, every Malaysian is part of the national fabric of unity, that is inclusive, not exclusive, and recognises differences without any discrimination and shares responsibilities towards our problems and challenges (especially in achieving shared prosperity).

“Only a full and unequivocal support for a ‘Moderate Malaysia’ that does not single out minorities to blame, but is focused on wealth creation and equitable distribution of wealth from Sabah and Sarawak will ensure that the racists and religious extremists will not succeed in attaining power.”

In a statement, Lim, who is also the finance minister, said such support will benefit Sabah and Sarawak because of the present federal government’s commitment in fulfilling its GE14 manifesto promises.

He said even though some of these promises will take some time before they are implemented, given the current financial position of Putrajaya, Lim claimed his government is the only federal government that has “spelt out clearly what it wants to do for Sabah and Sarawak”.

Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad announced the “Shared Prosperity Vision” concept when he tabled the 11th Malaysia Plan midterm review in Parliament on Oct 18 last year.

The national unity charter – Piagam Muafakat Nasional – signed by the PAS and Umno presidents yesterday seeks to uphold the interest of the Malays, Islam as the official religion, and Malay as the national language.

It vows to restore the confidence of the people in the “leadership of Islam, the Malays and the Bumiputeras”.

Political observers say the collaboration between PAS and Umno will pose a challenge to Pakatan Harapan, which has sought to win support from the Malay-Muslim majority.