BN gives importance to all races, including Chinese

By Wednesday January 14th, 2009 No Comments

KUALA TERENGGANU: The sensitive and racial statements made by one or two Umno members should not be seen as reflecting the general views of the party leadership.

Umno deputy president Datuk Seri Najib Razak said one should not make an issue and harp on the statements made by these one or two people. 

He said the Barisan Nasional-led government gave equal importance to all the races.

This, said Najib, could be seen in the allocation given yearly by the government to Chinese schools and the scholarships to students from the community to further their studies. 

“We give equal treatment to all races, including the Chinese,” he said when addressing the Chinese community at Kampung Tiong, near here. 

The deputy prime minister also cited the amendment to the Education Act where the power of the minister to close down Chinese schools was abolished. 

“The presence of Chinese national schools should not be questioned by any quarter.” 

Najib added that Malaysia had good relations with China, which were established 35 years ago when his father was the prime minister. 

“My youngest son is in Georgetown University, Washington, and is studying Mandarin.” 

Najib expressed his hope that the Chinese community would continue to throw their support behind BN candidate Datuk Wan Ahmad Farid Wan Salleh in the Kuala Terengganu by-election on Saturday..

Source : The New Straits Times

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