Racists threatening unity, says Malaysian minister

Racists threatening unity, says Malaysian minister
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KUALA LUMPUR: A national reconciliation council should be set up to tackle the recent issues facing the nation, says MCA president Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai.

He also cautioned that the actions of racists and extremists could see the nation's building blocks - multi-racial harmony, unity and stability - eroded.

Liow added that recent racially-charged episodes had caused much anxiety and worry among the people.

"These are acts of hatred and extremism and they have sent shockwaves across the country," he said.

Speaking at the MCA 62nd annual general meeting, which was opened by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, on Sunday morning, Liow added that Barisan and MCA's efforts and struggles for the people would come to nothing if the actions of certain irresponsible parties were not put a stop to.

"BN has always fought for moderation, unity and harmony and this has led to the success of this nation," he said.

Liow said MCA's philosophy championed by the party's founding father Tun Tan Cheng Lock was to create a harmonious and united multi-racial society based on the principles of moderation.

He said this spirit and philosophy was reflected in Tan's 1947 quote: "The ideal to be aimed at by every community in Malaya is that they should learn to regard themselves as Malayans first irrespective of their race."

Liow pledged that MCA would continue to champion Tan's vision.

"Should there be any deviation from this principle, we will take it upon ourselves to lead those who are deviating back to the right path.

"We need to return to our roots and remember that the alliance of Umno, MCA and MIC led to the formation of the coalition to contest in the 1952 general election and subsequently the formation of Barisan Nasional in 1974. Together, we pioneered the establishment of Malaysia," he said.

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