“If PM Najib was named the father of development for the Indian community, it is apt. For example, to take care of the welfare of the Indian community, the government had set up a cabinet committee on Indian affairs”
KOTA BELUD: UMNO and Barisan Nasional (BN), is not just a party for one race, but for all races, said Communication and Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Dr Salleh Said Keruak today.
He said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak always stress that BN was the only party that has proven to be capable of caring for the welfare and bring prosperity to the people.
“That is why, since a long time, UMNO and BN continues to be supported by the people.
“(So) how could there be accusations (by the opposition) that UMNO was a racist party when UMNO, since independence, shares power with other races in BN?
“If there is power-sharing and successfully established political stability and economic harmony in the country, where is racism in that? This is what I do not understand with the opposition’s accusations,” he told Bernama after meeting with communication application Whatsapp users at Restoran R and R here.
Salleh said this when clarifying accusations by certain quarters that UMNO was a racist party that denies the rights of the Indian community and communties of other races.
He regretted with the accusations, including by the opposition, who misinterpreted Najib’s statement “although my father and grandparents are not from Kerala, I’m named the father of development for the Indian community” when speaking at the launch of the 71st MIC General Assembly on Sept 24 that they claimed the Prime Minister’s statement was just a political gimmick.
“If PM Najib was named the father of development for the Indian community, it is apt. For example, to take care of the welfare of the Indian community, the government had set up a cabinet committee on Indian affairs.
“The government even set up a special secretariat to empower Indian entrepreneurs, solve the Indian community’s problem relating to citizenship as well as care for the needs of Tamil langguage-stream schools,” he said.