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Wednesday, November 12, 2008

‘PM must have people’s trust’


PUTRAJAYA: It does not matter if the Prime Minister is Malay or non-Malay, as long as he enjoys the trust of all Malaysians.

Former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said there was no specification in the country that the Prime Minister should only come from among the Malays.

“But when you talk about having a non-Malay as a PM, you are being racist yourself because you shouldn’t ask the question if one is Malay or non-Malay.

“If he is acceptable to all Malaysians, yes, he can become PM. The specification is that he must be the leader of the majority party.

“Don’t ask if he is Malay, Chinese or Indian,” he told reporters after delivering a keynote address on “Bangsa Malaysia” at the Perdana Leadership Foundation here yesterday.

However, Dr Mahathir said the assumption that race-based politics or political parties were no longer relevant after the last general election when Barisan Nasional lost five states was wrong,

“Race-based politics is still relevant. We are still not united if we can’t even have a vision school for all children from various races to attend together. As long as there is such sentiment, we won’t be able to have Bangsa Malaysia.

“A multi-racial party won’t work because every multi-racial party is dominated by one race, like Gerakan and DAP. Even the PAP in Singapore is not multi-racial,” he said, adding that unless opposition parties like PAS or Keadilan were willing to have a non-Malay as their leader, such talk was merely propaganda.

Earlier in his address, Dr Mahathir said there would come a time when all races in the country would be able to come together as one “Bangsa Malaysia”.

“But I don’t think it will happen tomorrow and it will take a long time. We can keep our ethnic and cultural identities but we should feel more Malaysian than Malay or Chinese.

“The concept of Bangsa Malaysia cannot be forced on us and it cannot be done by a political party. This is because it’s about people, not politics,” he said.

Monday, November 10, 2008

MIC veteran to take on Samy

MIC veteran leader M Muthupalaniappan today announced that he would contest for the party presidency next March.

MCPX"I am receiving overwhelming support and good words from MIC and the Indian community regarding this," he told Malaysiakini.

Yesterday, the former MIC vice-president had revealed his intention of taking on his former ally S Samy Vellu who has held the top post for the past three decades.

According to Muthupalaniappan, he decided to contest after taking into consideration the interest of the party and the socio-economic condition of the Indian community in this country.

"I shall and will bring change to MIC and to the community," he pledged.

Stressing on the importance of consolidating ranks and bringing the community together, the 68-year-old Seremban-based lawyer said: "Unity is the key to success."

Muthupalaniappan also vowed to re-admit expelled MIC leaders and members as well as to reinstate all the closed branches.

This is the meaning of a re-branding exercise, he said, adding that he would be able to bring the different camps together.

Muthupalaniappan was first elected to the MIC central working committee in 1979. The same year, he was appointed Negeri Sembilan MIC chief and party Youth head.

He was made senator in 1980 and two years later, won the Si Rusa state assembly seat and was appointed to the Negeri Sembilan state executive council.

He contested the party vice-presidency in 1987 and 1991 but lost both bids.

Muthupalaniappan eventually landed a veep seat in 1997 but failed to retain the post at the party's 2000 and 2006 elections.

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