Aug 20, 2006

Khairy slammed for playing racial card

He is trying to gain more political ground by playing the racial card. Khairy, Oh No!.

Excerpt from MalaysiaKini
Khairy Jamaluddin is no stranger to criticisms but this time the Umno Youth deputy chief has come under heavy fire from leaders of MCA and Gerakan – both component parties of the ruling Barisan Nasional coalition.

On Friday, at the opening of the Jerlun Umno Youth division delegates conference in Kedah, Khairy had warned party members that Chinese Malaysians would exploit the current spat within the ruling party to advance their community’s interests.

"The internal split within Umno will weaken the party’s position and this will pave way for the Chinese Malaysians to make various demands to benefit their community" Khairy was quoted as saying by Chinese newspaper Sin Chew Daily.

"The MCA ministers who have submitted a memorandum to Prime Minister (Abdullah Ahmad Badawi) earlier this year to demand for Chinese community’s rights was the result of Umno being in a weak position," the report added.

Khairy also argued that Umno woes have created a similar situation as in 1999 - when the Malaysian Chinese Election Appeals Committee (Suqiu) made a set of "demands" when Umno was divided following a fallout between then prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad and his deputy, Anwar Ibrahim.

The embattled Umno Youth No 2 told party members that while they could not blame MCA and Gerakan for making such demands, it was a weak Umno which opened up the opportunities for the two parties, both partners of the ruling coalition, to advance their interests.

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