Mahathir’s call led to Malay unity charter, says Sabah Umno

Sabah Umno Youth chief Abdul Aziz Julkarnain.

KOTA KINABALU: Sabah Umno Youth, reminding DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng about past provocative racial and religious remarks by his party comrades, said today that the new Umno-PAS alliance had sprung out of a call by Dr Mahathir Mohamad himself for Malay unity.

Youth chief Abdul Aziz Julkarnain said there was nothing wrong with the charter between the two opposition parties to empower the Malay and Bumiputera communities as this would also bring benefits to Sabah and Sarawak.

He said the “Penyatuan Ummah”, or national unity charter, was a response to the disorder caused by the Pakatan Harapan government, who had previously spoken about a moderate ‘Malaysia Baharu’ (new Malaysia) “but at the same time their leaders have not stopped with extreme racist sentiments”.

Yesterday, Lim urged Sabahans and Sarawakians to reject “irresponsible, fascist and racist politics” and said certain parties had rejected the “moderate Malaysia” approach by “fomenting hatred with lies” to run down the PH government.

Aziz reminded Lim about past remarks by DAP national vice-chariman M Kula Segaran about “pendatang” (immigrant); DAP deputy secretary-general Nga Kor Ming’s likening an Umno-PAS union as leading to a “Taliban” state; and Lim himself having described Umno and PAS as now “declaring war” on non-Muslims.

(Lim later corrected his statement, replacing “declaring war” with “targeting”, and Kula Segaran had apologised about his own remarks.)

“Has Lim forgotten Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s own statement last July 5, urging all Malays to unite so as to empower Malay politics in the country?,” Aziz said. He claimed that Mahathir’s remark was the catalyst for the Penyatuan Ummah, and that the union was a response to Malay and Bumiputera rights being eroded.

“It is on this realisation that a resurgence never seen before since post-independence is happening,” he said.

He also reminded Lim that PAS was once DAP’s ally during their Pakatan Rakyat days. “Wasn’t Lim proud to be likened to caliph Umar Abdul Aziz before when they had a political cooperation with PAS? But now when in power, they insult the party that helped them before.”

Aziz said when Malays are empowered, the Bumiputeras in Sabah and Sarawak would also be empowered.