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KUCHING, Dec 30: DAP Socialist Youth (Dapsy) Sarawak has described as “inappropriate, immature, backward, un-Malaysian and racial-centric” the recent call by Bersatu Youth chief cum Minister of Youth and Sports Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman during his summary debate in front of Bersatu Youth delegates.
Instead of deliberating on the need for policies to help underprivileged Malays, Saddiq should focus on policies to help underprivileged Malaysians, which includes the Dayaks, KadazanDusuns, Chinese, Indians, Eurasians and Aboriginals, said Abdul Aziz Isa, Dapsy Sarawak publicity secretary.
“Isn’t Malaysia a multiracial society? Aren’t the underprivileged Dayaks, KadazanDusuns, Chinese, Indians, Eurasians and Aboriginals also the citizens of this country? Are their needs not important? Are they considered as second-class citizens?
“In the spirit of `New Malaysia’, we should focus on implementing policies based on needs rather than race. Such talks regarding race-based policies should not be allowed in `New Malaysia’. Fighting for race-based policies in `New Malaysia’ doesn’t make Bersatu Youth any different from Umno Youth,” said Abdul Aziz in a statement today.
He opined that Malaysians voted for a `New Malaysia’ that is mature and inclusive.
“In case Saddiq ‘selectively’ forgot, during the last general election, it was the underprivileged Malays, Chinese, Indians, Eurasians, Dayaks, KadazanDusuns and Aboriginals who voted for Pakatan Harapan (PH).
“Therefore, we shouldn’t fail the hope of underprivileged Malaysians who were willing to make sacrifices by queuing for so long to transform Malaysia into an economically, socially and politically developed country.
“Now that we are in power, we should help the underprivileged Malaysians regardless of their racial backgrounds, religious convictions or political affiliations,” he said.
Abdul Aziz said that without a shadow of a doubt, Saddiq, as the Minister of Youth and Sports, works for all Malaysians, Hence, he should firmly speak up on behalf of all Malaysians as his salaries and perks come from the Malaysian taxpayer’s money.
“Fighting for one particular race while receiving salaries from the taxpayer’s money from other races is unethical and unprofessional. It should not be condoned by any reasonable man in this country.
“Remember, PH is the government of the people, by the people, and for the people. Not just for any particular race. As a person who holds three vital positions as PH Youth chief, Bersatu Youth chief and Minister of Youth and Sports, it’s time for Saddiq to think like a Malaysian youth rather than thinking like an Umno Youth,” said Abdul Aziz. — DayakDaily