PETALING JAYA: Umno Youth’s leader has listed several reasons why Dr Mahathir Mohamad should dismiss PKR and DAP leaders from his government in order to restore Malay dignity. Among the reasons listed is an alleged string of offensive remarks about language and religion.
Umno Youth chief Asyraf Wajdi Dusuki alleged that leading politicians of DAP and PKR had insulted the national language by releasing official government statements and memos in Chinese and Tamil.
While leading politicians of both parties came under fire, the bulk of Asyraf’s criticism was directed at the DAP.
He revived an old claim that Human Resources Minister M Kula Segaran had allegedly said last year that Malays were immigrants. Kula had later apologised for making references to the word and withdrew “the offensive references in that extemporaneous speech” made at a function in Nilai.
However, Kula maintained that his remarks were misconstrued to suggest that he used the term “with reference to people who would resent its application”.
Asyraf also said that Perak DAP chief Nga Kor Ming had in March claimed that PAS-Umno unity could lead to a “Taliban-like” state if they formed the government, a remark that was later supported by Sarawak DAP chairman Chong Chien Jen.
“This sparked fear and prejudice among the non-Muslims towards the Muslim community in the country,” Asyraf said in a statement.
He then accused DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng of fanning racial sentiments when the latter claimed that the union between the two biggest Malay parties in the country could target the non-Malays.
Asyraf also said that DAP’s Kluang MP Wong Shu Qi had in August insulted the Malays and attempted to instigate the Chinese by purportedly linking Jawi to pornographic material.
Wong however said her remarks were taken out of context and accused MCA and Umno of misleading the public and playing up racist sentiments.
Based on these reasons, Asyraf said Umno Youth urged Mahathir, who is also Pakatan Harapan chairman, to do “the right thing before it is too late”.
“Get rid of DAP leaders and several racist PKR leaders from the government in order to restore Malay dignity as he said at the congress,” Asyraf said, referring to Mahathir’s speech at the opening of the Malay Dignity Congress in Shah Alam this morning.