What will Gerakan and MCA do now?
Unhappy with the readmission of Bukit Bendera Umno division chief Ahmad Ismail, DAP parliamentarians challenged Gerakan and MCA to quit the BN coalition over the matter.
Ahmad, who referred to the Chinese community as “pendatang” (immigrants) was readmitted into Umno last week after he was suspended as division chief for three years last year.
Ahmad did not deny making the statement that the “Chinese were immigrants squatting in this country” at a ceramah during the Permatang Pauh by-election campaign.
Bukit Bendera parliamentarian Liew Chin Tong pondered on the message Umno is trying to convey by lifting the suspension.
“I want to know the views of Koh Tsu Koon, the minister tasked to overlook matters of unity and the key performance index (KPI). What message is Umno sending?” asked Liew.
“If reports that Ahmad has been reinstated is indeed true, what is Umno’s stance on combating racism and unity.”
“The decision to suspend him was taken on the insistence of MCA and Gerakan. What is their stand now? Will they leave BN or accept the decision?” asked Ipoh Barat MP M Kulasegaran.
“Umno is a cheap party, membership cost just RM2. So they can forgive and forget without any considerations of principles,” said Kulasegaran. “Is Umno serious about ‘1Malaysia’?”
Umno not serious ‘1Malaysia’
Tony Pua, the Petaling Jaya parliamentarian, said he was disappointed over the decision and added that Umno was not serious about the PM’s call for all to adopt the ‘1Malaysia’ policy.
“Is Umno still staying true to its ‘ketuanan Melayu’ (Malay supremacy) ideology, or has it truly accepted the ‘1Malaysia’ concept?” asked Pua.
He also posed a question to Umno and the prime minster, asking if ‘1Malaysia’ was simply a slogan, or a siincere attempt to bring unity among the many races in the country.