UMNO Supreme Council member Datuk Seri Ahmad Maslan said that the racially charged statements made by DAP leaders are not only dangerous to the sensitivity of the people but also to the harmony of society.Hence, the top leaders of the DAP are urged to be more careful when issuing statements, as it is feared they could offend the feelings of the Malay and Bumiputera communities. The Pontian MP also questioned whether the controversial statements issued by several DAP leaders were intentionally made to gauge the reaction of the Malay and Bumiputera communities. “Four DAP leaders have already made controversial statements, why don’t they understand? “To make them understand, I will provide the latest data from the Department of Statistics Malaysia (DOSM) 2023 involving the ethnic composition of this country, namely Bumiputera at 70.1%; Chinese (22.6%); Indians (6.6%) and others (0.7 %). “Do not hurt the feelings of that 70.1%, it is very dangerous,” he said at a press conference after meeting with the Branch Chiefs, Women, Youth, and Puteri UMNO of the Pontian Division at the UMNO Building. Ahmad was referring to a series of controversial statements that came from the DAP and had the opposition parties attacking the Unity government for a perceived insensitivity towards the majority community. Moreover, he also reminded the media of the controversial statements.
First, DAP veteran Tan Sri Lim Kit Siang suggested that a non-Malay may become the prime minister of Malaysia. DAP Federal Territory chairman Tan Kok Wai then made a statement out of the blue on the need for local council elections.
The Beruas MP Datuk Ngeh Koo Ham also made some statements that non-Muslim experts should sit in Syariah committees, which raised a barrage of criticism online.
Furthermore, the most recent remark came from DAP Perak chairman Nga Kor Ming, who mentioned the matter of Chinese villages becoming UNESCO World Heritage Sites. This too has enraged many on social media. – Feb 10, 2024