KUALA LUMPUR: It is mind boggling and embarrassing for a minister of a party that claims to champion the Malays’ right to come up with a statement that Malay-dominated fully residential schools (SBP) should also be abolished if vernacular schools were to go, Malaysian Muslim Solidarity (ISMA) Youth Chief, Farid Hussin, said.
“Either the Youth and Sports Minister doesn’t have a clear understanding of the country’s constitution that accords special privileges and rights to Malays and bumiputera, or he has different agendas for his own political mileage, it is unbecoming for a Malay minister to even suggest such thing,” he said in a statement, today.
He was responding to Khairy Jamaluddin’s statement during the TN50x session with Petronas’ staff on Monday.
Farid said, he would expect this kind of statement from the chauvinist groups such as DAP and the same-minded people, but not from Umno leader.
Farid said while it was tempting to succumb to the current trend of “equal rights” championed by several racist quarters, Khairy as a minister from the governing party should uphold the sanctity of the country’s constitution.
“Perhaps we should make it compulsory for all ministers and political leaders from both sides to learn about our consitution so that they will not mislead Rakyat, or at least do not have an excuse when giving any contradictory statement to the constitution,” he added.
“At the same time, I strongly encourage KJ to shift his focus to more pressing issues concerning the country’s youth such as unemployment, social and health issues.
With youth represents half of the country’s population, this is more productive and suits his ministerial portfolio,” he emphasized.
Pemuda ISMA, Farid said, comprising members that are multi discipline with various expertise were more than happy to share the expertise and ideas with the ministry in developing Malaysia’s youth particularly Malays that can compete globally, uphold the constitution and at the same time be a good muslim and rakyat. – Sarawakvoice