MCA president Liow Tiong Lai condemned Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia Pribumi chairman Mahathir Mohamad for allegedly playing up racial sentiments with regards to development projects of the government.
He described as “a sad situation” on Mahathir’s apparent use of the Forest City development in Iskandar Malaysia, Johor, and the proposed East Coast Rail Line to garner the people’s support.
“I regret that Mahathir has turned these into a very racial issue against China and the Chinese. We respect him as a former premier but today he has changed.
“He cannot use the racial approach, and it has aggravated because DAP plays along. They try to label MCA as an agent for China and create the perception that this is a racial issue,” Bernama reported as he saying after presenting aid at Sekolah Jenis Kebangsaan Cina Khai Mun Pagi in Bentong, Pahang today.
Liow said he hoped that Malaysians, as wise people who accepted racial diversity and religious harmony, would reject leaders who used racism to undermine relations between countries.
“Chinese investments are important for national economic growth and they know that they have to follow Malaysian laws if they want to invest here. We will also ensure that the interests of Malaysians are well protected and taken care of.
“When Mahathir used racial issue and was too emotionally involved with his political agenda, I feel he has taken a wrong direction,” he said.
Mahathir had allegedly said that Chinese investments in the Forest City and the East Coast Rail Line projects were akin to mortgaging the country’s sovereignty to China in the long term.