KUALA LUMPUR - The MCA and MIC have commended Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak for reiterating his policy of inclusiveness at the just-concluded Umno general assembly.
MCA deputy president Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai said that he welcomed Najib's remark that Umno had always been fair to all races.
"We also want the Prime Minister to transform Umno to be a party that cares for all races. His direction is correct, and we hope he can cascade it down to the party grassroots.
"At the assembly, there are a lot of delegates who speak out on Malay and racial issues but there is also a need to take care of the sentiments of other races.
Liow hoped Najib will transform Umno to reflect the 1Malaysia concept to ensure the harmony and unity of the country.
"The delegates and grassroots have to be sensitive to other races, and in return, the other races will reciprocate," he said.
MCA vice-president Gan Ping Sieu said inclusiveness must begin from Barisan Nasional politics.
"The Prime Minister reiterated his inclusive policies in running the Barisan administration.
"But inclusiveness must begin from Barisan politics. To me, political inclusiveness is the hallmark of all forms of inclusiveness in running the country, be it in economics, culture, education, social matters or class problems," he said.
MIC deputy president Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam said welcomed Najib's assurance that Umno would be fair to all Malaysians.
"The success of this nation is determined to a great extent on our ability to rid ourselves of the myopia of race and commit ourselves to the goal of addressing the needs of the poor and needy, regardless of race.
At the assembly, Najib, who is the party president, said Umno was always fair to all races and defended the party against allegations that it was racist.
Kedah Mentri Besar Datuk Mukhriz Mahathir said Najib's winding-up speech was a clear message to all that Umno is a Malay party that fights for all Malaysians.
"The people should not be worried of Umno and accuse us of being a racist party.
"When Umno champions the Malay race it does not mean we ignore the rights of others," said Mukhriz.
Umno Youth chief Khairy Jamaluddin said Najib's speech gave the Malays and the bumiputra a strong reassurance that Umno is there for them.