Zuraida Kamaruddin today accused DAP of trying to be the dominant party for the Chinese community, after Johor DAP chairman Liew Chin Tong urged Umno to co-exist with other parties without seeking to play the role of a “big brother”.
In a Facebook post, Liew had said that the country’s politics would stablise once Umno accepts the fact that there is no longer a dominant party or “big brother” and becomes willing to co-exist with others whether in the government or opposition.
“When Umno became the opposition, it should have given way to the new government to rule,” he said.
“The Sheraton Move happened because many Umno leaders still had the old mindset and were unwilling to accept their loss in GE14. Ultimately, the strategy backfired on them.”
Zuraida, who is a member of Bersatu’s Supreme Council, said DAP should self-reflect, adding that its time in the 22-month Pakatan Harapan government had shown its “true colours” in trying to be dominant within the Chinese community in the country.
“Beginning from the allocation of seats which followed racial lines, DAP strongly urged the government and other component parties to follow its lead, especially concerning the affairs of the Chinese community.
“This was proven, among others, by the move to channel the allocation of special funds to a private college directly from the finance ministry at the time and not through the education ministry.
“In this way, DAP attempted to strengthen its grip on the Chinese community,” she said. “So, was not DAP trying to act as a ‘big brother’ to the Chinese community in the country?”
In order to prosper, she said, Malaysia should be governed by leaders who care about all people.
“There are no longer ‘big brothers’ who have the right to claim that they alone represent a particular race.”