The Raja Muda of Perak yesterday underlined the importance of having leaders who are earnest in maintaining unity, never resorting to religious or ethnic posturing to further their political careers at the expense of peace and security.
“If they fail in this respect, they must be held accountable and answerable before the law,” added Raja Dr Nazrin Shah.
Raja Nazrin touched on the sanctity of the federal constitution, the importance of good governance and leadership and the need of a thriving civil society.
Elsewhere, UMNO Youth Deputy Chief Khairy Jamaluddin refuted the allegation that UMNO is racist.
“I don’t understand how the accusation come about – calling us racist. In fact, Umno always emphasises on the power-sharing concept and history has proven it.
“Ijok is a good example, where an Indian candidate was nominated despite a Malay majority in the constituency. This had been repeated in many other constituencies.
Yeah right, Mohd Khir Toyo elected an UMNO representative in Ijok. I bet the representative from UMNO is more powerful than the MIC assemblyman.
“How can we be racist, when we are defending equality?” he asked after opening the Kapar Umno division youth delegates meeting here yesterday.
But would Khairy support an affirmative action based on needs and not colour of the skin? You can't shout "Hidup Melayu" and drum on the "Malay rights" beat and claim that you defend equality at the same time.
The ones who should be demanding equality are the bottom 40% poorest of the Malaysian society comprises of all races.