Sunday November 30, 2008
Tee Keat: One race cannot dominate for harmonious society
PETALING JAYA: MCA president Datuk Ong Tee Keat said mutual respect and understanding must form the cornerstone of a racially harmonious society and not dominance by any one race.
“While we respect and are committed to the Federal Constitution, this does not mean that we concur with the dominance of any single ethnic group,” he said after opening the Kelana Jaya MCA’s division office in Jalan USJ 1, Subang Jaya, yesterday.
He said the party has always maintained a stance of mutual respect and understanding and this should be the cornerstone of inter-ethnic harmony.
On deputy president Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek’s comment that while the party would acknowledge Malay leadership, it would reject ketuanan Melayu, Ong said, “I am glad that my deputy has echoed what I and my predecessor had said months ago.”
Earlier, Ong also said that the party had wasted no time in winning back the people’s confidence by addressing public woes.
He urged party members to view the opening of new offices not merely as having new premises but also as a platform to reach out to people with the party’s programmes and initiatives.
“The whole existence of the party can only be justified if we reach out to the public. We have to ask ourselves whether we have been effective in addressing public issues since the party elections,” he said.
Earlier, while opening the new division office, Ong told party members that MCA’s losses of the parliamentary and state assembly seats in several states was an “acid test.”
“It is a test of our friendship and loyalty to each other. We must take it as a challenge to pull together to strengthen the party again,” he said.
Ong also said that teamwork and links with other Barisan Nasional component parties must be maintained at all times.