Anwar: Malaysia can’t survive with Malays only, non-Malays also needed

Anwar: Malaysia can’t survive with Malays only, non-Malays also needed

NILAI: Malaysia will not be able to progress forward and survive solely on the support of the majority Malays as that would destabilise the nation, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim told a student dialogue session in Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia last night.

“We have to remember, for Malaysia to be peaceful, the Malays have to be strong because the Malays are the majority,” said Anwar who is Port Dickson MP and PKR president.

“But we must have the support of the Chinese, Indians, Kadazans and Dayak. Only then can the country be stable,” he said, responding to a student who questioned how Malaysia is going to become a holistic, Islamic country.

While acknowledging that Malay and Islam are the country’s official language and religion of the federation, Anwar reiterated his stance that economic policies should be needs-based and not ethnic-based.

“We reject the aspects of the economy that is overtly raced-based. I prefer aspects of the economy that help poor people.

“Sure, there is a big majority of poor Bumiputera Malays, but we cannot neglect poor Indians in estates or Chinese in towns,” said Anwar.

Defending the DAP

During the question and answer session, he also took time to clear the air on a particular student’s distasteful perception of the DAP, that was shouted down by others in the hall.

“There’s this view about DAP that I want to explain. I’m friends with DAP. I’m Keadilan, don’t get me wrong,” he told the students.

“But what I don’t understand is this DAP sentiment that as though all our problems are because of DAP.

“The people who stole the 1MDB money is not DAP. The one that spoiled Tabung Haji, is not DAP. It’s Malay leaders in Umno,” he stressed, referring to the 1Malaysia Development Bhd scandal.

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