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BN, PAS youths demand Guan Eng’s apology for ‘declaration of war’ remark

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Zaidi Azmi
Written by Zaidi Azmi

KUALA LUMPUR — March 7, 2019: The youth wings of Barisan Nasional (BN) and PAS will stage a street protest if DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng does not apologise for his alleged racially-charged remark, yesterday.

They believe that Lim’s remark, which describes the cooperation between Umno and PAS as a “declaration of war on the non-Malays” was seditious and detrimental to Malaysia’s racial harmony.

They also dismissed Lim’s rectification of his statement last night, describing it as being insufficient.

“He can’t dismiss something like this with a simple rectification. He needs to apologise and resigns as finance minister. If he fails to do so, we will take this to the streets,” said Umno Youth chief Datuk Dr Asyraf Wajdi Dusuki after lodging a report over the matter at the Dang Wangi police station, here today.

Among those who accompanied him were MIC Youth chief R.Thinalan, MCA Youth secretary-general Daniel Wa Wai How and Federal Territory PAS Youth committee member Mohd Shahir Abu Hassan.

Despite the rectification of his statement, Lim had maintained that non-Malays and non-Muslims were being targeted by the cooperation between Umno and PAS. He also urged MCA to immediately leave BN.

Last night, MCA president Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong slammed Lim for his controversial remark, calling it inflammatory and irresponsible.

“You (Lim) have also indirectly invited the opponent (BN and PAS) to act on this declaration of war. I cannot imagine the implications if Lim does not retract his statement and issue a public apology,” wrote Wee on his Facebook wall.

Wanita Umno chief Datuk Dr Noraini Ahmad accused Lim of trying to cause ethnic tension and not respecting democracy which allows freedom of political association.

“Umno has led a multi-ethnic political coalition before and would continue to do so, regardless of its cooperation with Pas,” she said.

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If Zaidi Azmi isn’t busy finding his way in the city, this 26-year-old northern kampung boy can be found struggling to make sense of the Malaysian political scene. Zaidi can be reached at [email protected]