Didn’t your father appoint Tan Siew Sin as finance minister, PH asks Najib

Former prime minister Abdul Razak Hussein.

PETALING JAYA: Pakatan Harapan today reminded Najib Razak that his father, Abdul Razak Hussein, the country’s second prime minister, had retained an MCA president as finance minister after he had questioned Lim Guan Eng’s appointment to the post.

The ruling coalition said that Razak had retained Tan Siew Sin as the finance minister for four years from 1970.

Tan, it said, also served as the finance minister under Tunku Abdul Rahman from 1959.

“Weren’t the dignity of the Malays taken care of during Tun Razak’s administration and during Tunku Abdul Rahman’s time because they appointed a finance minister who is of Chinese descent?” it said in a statement.

The statement was signed by PH secretariat chief Saifuddin Abdullah, PKR secretary-general Saifuddin Nasution and his counterpart from PPBM, Marzuki Yahya, Amanah deputy secretary-general Abang Ahmad Kerdee; and DAP national organising secretary Loke Siew Fook.

At a ceramah last night, Najib was heard asking “where was Malay dignity” when the finance minister was from DAP.

“Will he be able to take care of Malay dignity? He wouldn’t know about the Malay agenda,” the former prime minister was heard saying.

The finance minister, they said, should be judged based on his integrity, competence and moderation in handling the country’s finances.

They went on to accuse Najib of playing the race card by singling out Lim “only because he was Chinese”.

“The former prime minister tried to instigate hatred towards the Chinese community by questioning the finance minister’s race.”

They added that as a former prime minister, Najib should talk about economic issues and the country’s administration if he wanted to criticise the government.

“He should not embarrass himself by attempting to champion race issues.”