KUALA LUMPUR – Action must be taken against all who spark racial and religious tension, even though they may be supporters of the ruling Government, said Gerakan president Datuk Seri Mah Siew Keong.
“The police must take action against all those who utter insensitive remarks, even though they are our supporters,” he said in his policy speech at the 45th Gerakan National Delegates’ Conference at Menara PGRM on Sunday.
“It does not matter who they are, whether they are Gerakan, DAP, PAS or Umno members. Whoever causes trouble to the people … action must be taken. It doesn’t matter if they are red, yellow or green,” he said.
Mah added that it takes many years to build harmony, but only one moment to destroy it.
He also called on all political parties, friends and foes alike, to join Gerakan in the movement for a moderate Malaysia.
In his speech, Mah reiterated Gerakan’s stand against the implementation of PAS’ private member’s Bill.
He added that although the party respects Islam, the Bill concerns the division of civil and Syariah laws.
On another matter, he said the Government should set up a “national scholarship” for all Malaysians based solely on merit and not ethnicity.
Mah urged the Government to set up the scholarship, which would be funded through a 1% tax increase on wealthy citizens and companies.
He suggested that a 1% tax increase be imposed on all Malaysian citizens with an income of more than RM1mil and companies with a revenue of more than RM300mil in order to pay for the scholarship.
“We want to stop the brain drain. We want more of them (scholars) here,” he said. – The Star Online