Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Ong: We oppose K'tan Tengku Mahkota's statement

PETALING JAYA (April 14, 2008): MCA strongly opposes remarks that "it is inappropriate for Non-Malays to request for equal rights".
MCA president Datuk Seri Ong Ka Ting said in a statement yesterday that he disagreed with the statement made by the Tengku Mahkota of Kelantan Tengku Mohammad Faris Petra that "it is inappropriate for non-Malays to request for equal rights".
"Such a statement will destroy the unity and harmony between the various races and it will not benefit our multi-racial society. For the past 50 years, the various races have worked hard together to attain the goals of nation building, for which they have also contributed vastly to the country’s development. As such, they too have equal rights as enshrined in Constitution."
"Article 153 of the Federal Constitution states the special position of the Malays and the natives of any of the States of Sabah and Sarawak. However, this should be read alongside with Article 153(7) which also reads that 'Nothing in this Article shall operate to deprive or authorise the deprivation of any person of any right, privilege'".
"The statement by Tengku is inconsistent with the Barisan Nasional’s stand on racial unity which stands for fair and equal partnership."

http://www.sun2surf.com/article.cfm?id=21486

'Non-Malays have equal rights, too'

KUALA LUMPUR: MCA president Datuk Seri Ong Ka Ting said the Tengku Mahkota of Kelantan, Tengku Mohammad Faris Petra, was wrong to say that "it is inappropriate for non-Malays to request for equal rights".
"Such statement will destroy the unity and harmony between the various races and will not benefit our multiracial society," he said."Various races contributed to attain the nation's goals for the past 50 years. "They, too, have equal rights as enshrined in the constitution."Tengku Mohammad Faris made the statement at a Malay unity gathering on Saturday.
"Tengku's statement is inconsistent with Barisan National's stand on racial unity, which is for fair and equal partnership," he said.Ong also said MCA would not accept an Islamic state as asserted by Pas leaders, saying it was contrary to the Federal Constitution.

http://www.nst.com.my/Current_News/NST/Tuesday/National/2214032/Article/index_html

seals: hmmmmmm MIC as usual counting eggs?

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