Retribution not the BN way, MCA man tells Mukhriz

(MM) – Discriminatory policies to punish those who voted for the opposition is against the so-called Barisan Nasional (BN) spirit, MCA’s Loh Seng Kok said today in response to Datuk Mukhriz Mahathir’s proposal that the government focus only on aiding its supporters.

“It is regrettable that Kedah Mentri Besar Datuk Mukhriz Mahathir had remarked that the priority of the state government is to assist the community which supported the BN government.

“Not only is uttering such a remark obsolete as it will be construed as treatment according to racial, the remark runs contrary to the BN spirit,” the MCA publicity chief said in a statement.

On September 24, Mukhriz was reported to have said the state government would not meet any requests from Chinese schools in Kedah as it would focus only on those who supported the BN government.

He later denied making the statement and said the new policy was not retaliation, but to prioritise “gratitude” to the community that voted BN.

“Mukriz as the Menteri Besar should safeguard the interest of all Kedahans regardless of race, steering everyone towards progress and success,” Loh said.

Umno, which is BN’s mainstay Malay party, appeared to blame the Chinese community for the coalition’s performance in the May 5 general election although studies showed the vote swing cut across  racial lines.

Loh said Umno leaders including Mukhriz should move beyond the blame game and focus on serving voters regardless of race as BN had been mandated to govern a multiracial country.

“In a democracy, the services of any Menteri Besar should be people-oriented. Do not dwell on GE results. Repair and reduce any racial rifts. These are positive aspects of a magnanimous national leader which will regain the rakyat’s support,” he said.