Wee: They aren’t heroes but primitive men

(Bernama) – MCA Youth took a swipe at certain quarters who dreamt of becoming national heroes by harping on racial issues.

Its Youth chief Wee Ka Siong called them not heroes but “primitive men”.

He said these “primitive men” who stirred up racial discontent did not fit in the current 21st century, adding that the people were not interested in glamour or those masquerading as national heroes because all these were insignificant.

Wee described such extremism as unacceptable and very damaging.

“Worse, they justified their acts and claim themselves to be national heroes. In fact, what they are doing is for their own personal again; and all done at the expense of the country’s unity, development and future.

“Today, MCA Youth wants to tell the ‘primitive men’ this: “You do not fit in modern times, and it is better you go back to ancient times!” Wee said at the 46th MCA Youth annual general assembly here today.

He was addressing the assembly which was opened by MCA deputy president Liow Tiong Lai and attended by Youth leaders from other component parties, including BN Youth chief Khairy Jamaluddin.

He also urged the Barisan Nasional (BN) leadership to draw a clear line on extremist groups in the country.

He said this was imperative as the BN had to lobby for support from the people and ensure no one was left out in the process of development.

Wee added that MCA Youth had always spoken up against extremists and would not give in to them.

“We respect our social contract and Federal Constitution. But we will not allow the costitution to be interpreted, using their (extremists) whims and fancies.

“I must stress here that the Barisan Nasional leadership must draw a clear line on the extremists or extremist groups,” he said

Wee, who is also deputy education minister, urged the government to increase the size of the country’s economic cake and let more people have a share.

He said what was more important was that the government could be the captain for local entrepreneurs — regardless of race and brands — to promote local products abroad.

“We must have a global view of the economy and equip ourselves to be competitive in the international arena. We must change our mindset and must not confine ourselves in our little world,” he said.

As such, in the nation’s pursuit to enhance innovation, Wee suggested the government establish the ‘Innovation Award’, including sponsoring innovation projects or giving incentives or tax rebates to those involved in innovation, to encourage more people to be involved in innovation.

“We could include the subject of innovative talent education and emphasise on innovation requirement in the other subjects like fashion design, interior design and advertising,” he said.

A total of 888 out of 1,736 central delegates attended the wing’s AGM.