KUALA LUMPUR – Leaders and members of organisations or bodies are urged to not use politics to incite racial and religious tension in the country, said Wanita Umno chief Datuk Seri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil.
Shahrizat who is also Chairman of the National Welfare Foundation Board of Trustees said such action would tarnish the image of the organisation, trigger animosity and discomfort among the various ethnic groups in the country.
“We have never supported any body or organisation, whatever their race or religion it may be, to use political and religious issues to create disorder in this multiracial country,” she told reporters at a Christmas Gift Presentation Ceremony at the Charis Welfare Home here, today.
She was commenting on allegations which claimed members of a certain organisation had ripped off Christmas banners displayed at the headquarters of an opposition party in Ipoh, last Friday.
However, Shahrizat said the matter must be investigated first to verify who was responsible for such an act.
“Although we come from various racial backgrounds, we must remain united and strong and not allow the differences between us to divide us,” she said.
At the event, the Foundation together with its corporate partner UMW Toyotsu Shah Alam Branch, donated cash, school utensils and Christmas gifts to residents of the home.
Rumah Charis, established more than 10 years ago, is home to 18 senior citizens and 30 children. – BERNAMA