“No one single race can rule Malaysia by itself: Tun Mahathir


(NST) – “No one single race can hope to rule Malaysia by itself,” said Tun Mahathir Mohammad here yesterday. 

In his speech at a private dinner with Perak’s businessmen, the 87-year-old former Prime Minister said neither Malay, Chinese or Indian could single-handedly steer the country’s leadership.  
“It has to be ruled by all three (major races) together with the people in Sabah and Sarawak. 
“Only then, this country can be peaceful, grow and develop for everyone to enjoy its wealth,” he said. 
He said despite being a nation of different race and religion, peace was still maintained due to the spirit of togetherness.  
He pointed out that the country had progressed and was considered to have reached developed status because all three races as well as the people in Sabah and Sarawak were willing to work together in a coalition to form government.  
He said Barisan Nasional was formed on this concept.  
“There is a willingness to share and the voice of each race can be heard for decision to be made for the well-being of all parties,” he said. 
He said the opposition parties, DAP, Pas and Parti Keadilan Rakyat ( PKR ), tried to copy by forming a coalition. 
“But theirs is a fake coalition. 
“Pas is aiming to impose Hudud laws in the country, including on non-muslims but DAP cannot accept this. 
“While PKR is only aiming to make their de facto leader (Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim) Prime Minister,” he said. 
Mahathir said it was not easy to govern a multi-racial nation and expressed hope that the public would not fall for the opposition’s attempts to “demonise” BN. 
“I hope this time, the people would choose BN,” he said.