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Tuesday, February 28, 2012

BN is Not Racist

The Barisan Nasional (BN) does not practise racism as claimed by the opposition parties although the coalition is made up of race-based parties. 

Perak Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Zambry Abdul Kadir (see his biography ) or (see his speech) said although there were parties within the BN that were set up based on race, this did not mean that the party was racial. 

"All this while, the opposition had always portrayed the BN as a race-based party," he told reporters after participating in the forum titled "Voices: Emerging Malaysian Leaders", here last night. 

Zambry was among the four panel members participating in the forum organised by the consultant firm,KRA Group. 

The three other panelists were Deputy Higher Education Minister Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah, Deputy Youth and Sports Minister Gan Ping Siew and Senator V. Subramaniam. 

At the forum attended by about 200 people comprising academicians and corporate figures, various political issues in Malaysia were discussed including the opposition claim that BN practised racialism. 

Zambry said that the opposition parties such as the DAP were the ones practising racialism. 

"Despite the opposition claim that we purportedly adopt racial politics, we notice that the DAP history shows the party (DAP) contests in areas where the Chinese form the majority," he said. 

He said that if the DAP was truly a party for all races, why did the party not field its candidates in Malay-majority constituencies in the general election. 

Earlier, Zambry held a meeting with Singapore investors and they had expressed interest to invest in Perak particularly in real estate and mining. TheSundayDaily


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