July 4, 2023
PETALING JAYA – It is unconstitutional to promote a multiracial country, says former premier Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
He said this is because the Federal Constitution never mentioned that Malaysia is a multiracial country.
“I’m just raising the provisions of the Constitution. Is it against the law to defend the Constitution?
“Instead, what is against the Constitution is promoting a multiracial country.
“Is the government going against the rule of law – including the Constitution – which did not mention that Malaysia is a multiracial country? Instead, the Constitution stresses a Malay- Malaysia,” added Dr Mahathir in a statement on Monday (July 3).
Dr Mahathir was responding to Bukit Gelugor Umno information chief Huzaidi Husin’s call for him to stop fanning racial sentiments, and in his response, he also took a swipe at the current Cabinet line-up.
“Yes, DAP only has four ministers. But within the government, there are 40 DAP MPs. If DAP retracted its support, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s government would collapse,” he said.
“That is why Anwar has to follow DAP’s manifesto, specifically making a multiracial Tanah Melayu and replacing the official religion of Islam with a secular country and a country without an official religion,” added Dr Mahathir.
On June 16, Huzaidi said it was pointless for Dr Mahathir to stoke racial sentiments because most Malays are more eager to see the country’s economic recovery.
Huzaidi also denied that DAP had big influence within the government, as the party only has four ministers.
“Enough with manipulating Malays by playing up racial issues for power and positions,” Huzaidi was quoted as saying.