PETALING JAYA – Barisan Nasional (BN) component parties, especially MCA and Gerakan, were urged not to criticise Umno in order to regain support of the Chinese community.
Umno supreme council member Datuk Abdul Rahman Dahlan said although Umno was formed by the Malay community, it was not a racist party.
“We (Umno) still reserved some ministerial posts for MCA and Gerakan even though they did not perform well in the general election last year; this is proof that Umno is not only concerned about the Malays but also the national interest as well.
“I have spoken with MCA president (Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai) that they do not have to criticise Umno as there are other channels that can be used to attract the non-Malay voters to support BN,” said Abdul Rahman, who is also Urban Wellbeing, Housing and Local Government Minister.
He was officiating at the Umno Petaling Jaya Utara division annual general meeting here yesterday.
Abdul Rahman said MCA could emulate Umno by organising events which brought the grassroots members closer to the party.
“I respect MCA and Gerakan for being loyal to BN despite being under constant attack from DAP.”
Abdul Rahman said the Umno constitution stated that while the party should protect Malay rights and Islam in the country, it should also take care of the welfare of other communities as well.
“Although Umno is generous there is a limit, and that is we cannot accept people questioning Malay rights and status of the rulers,” he said. – Bernama