Lo Khere Chiang unhappy with PM
It is with great disappointment that the Prime Minister Tun Dr.Mahathir has reiterated once again in the press his call to his party members to fight for their race and religion. Why the emphasis on race and religion again? Should the public construe this to mean that the PM’s top priorities as the leader of this country is to fight for race and religion as well?Since becoming the PM, he has told PAS and UMNO to stop playing racial and religious issues but he is doing so himself, asked Batu Kitang Assemblyman, Lo Khere Chiang.
“Does he not realise that he is the Prime Minister of a multicultural country and that one of the most important tasks of the leader of our country should be to unite all the people in the country, be them Malay, Chinese, Indians, Ibans or Dayaks. In issuing statements to encourage the joustling leaders of one race to fight for their race and religion, the PM is driving another wedge between people of different races and religion in multi cultural Malaysia.
Championing one race alone is toxic to our country’s well-being as we spend our energy being suspicious of one another instead of standing together to build this country up. We are all Malaysians even though we are of different races and religions, ” he said.
Lo wondered if the PM has forgotten that he had also once accused DAP leader, Lim Kit Siang of playing the racial card to split the Chinese and the Malays.
” The PM must also recall that when PH won the election, it was not only the Malays who voted PH in but also the Chinese, Indians, Dayaks, Ibans and many other minority groups. So, now that the battle has been fought and won, are the people of the minority races being conveniently chucked aside now that they have helped topple the previous government and fulfilled PH’s purpose of winning GE14?
Lo stated that a leader of a country has a duty of care towards its citizens. He should set a good example by being respectful to all the people in the country regardless of their race and religion. He should promote understanding, tolerance and acceptance of race, religion and culture; and not just look after the interests of one race and one religion. In a multi-racial country, we all stand to lose if we are at each other’s throat day and night. It would be like living in a horribly dysfunctional family. How can we build up this country in such a divisive and non-inclusive environment?” he added.
He said the recent skirmish of events involving politicians stooping to dirty and embarrassing tactics in the joustle for power is a new low for Malaysians. As a leader, besides giving the public peace of mind and firm assurance that there is a smooth transition of power, it is also incumbent upon the PM to ensure that there is harmony and well-being among our countrymen of all races and religion. All, meaning not forgetting about the people of Sarawak and Sabah as well.
Sarawak, he said has often been looked down upon by West Malaysians because we are far behind them in terms of development and infrastructure. However, I believe that while we may not have the Formula One tracks and spanking new trains and towers that they enjoy, (built with money from Sarawak’s oil) we do know what it means to live in harmony among the different races here in Sarawak. Our Chief Minister, Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari administers to all and help all in Sarawak. He is dignified enough not to speak ill of other religions and he encourages the people of Sarawak to unite as one regardless of race and religion. This has in turn encouraged other organisations in Sarawak to call for more racially integrated activities to enhance unity among all Sarawakians. We, here in Sarawak have good examples in our leaders to follow. Our late Chief Minister, Tok Nan who took one single day to recognise UEC in Sarawak used to say that we are one big family. We should not let race and religion divide us. We should find peace, harmony and strength in diversity.
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