MCA Religious Harmony Bureau Chairman, Ti Lian Ker, has charged that PKR Deputy President Azmin Ali cannot substantiate his “bare denial” on Anwar Ibrahim “undermining” vernacular Chinese schools.
“Azmin cannot provide any facts or figures to back up his lame defence of Anwar,” said Ti in a statement. “MCA is calling Azmin’s big bluff.”
“It’s a laugh.”
Azmin should not have slammed MCA President Liow Tiong Lai by just making a mere bare denial, added Ti. “It’s the biggest overstatement of the year.”
Ti in referring to Azmin, also the Selangor Menteri Besar, as Anwar’s former private secretary, listed out several points.
Firstly, during Anwar Ibrahim’s tenure, the Education Ministry disallowed any vernacular schools to be built on government land reserved for schools.
Secondly, Anwar insisted on appointing non-Mandarin speaking headmasters and senior assistants in vernacular schools despite vehement protests by MCA and educationists.
“This was an attempt to undermine the schools,” said Ti. “It led to racial tension culminating in the infamous ‘Operasi Lalang’ by then Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad.”
Thirdly, Anwar admitted he had wronged vernacular schools. (Refer to www.limkitsiang.com )
Anwar admitted that sending non- Mandarin speakers to vernacular Chinese schools was wrong, according to DAP veteran Lim Kit Siang, noted Ti.
He went on to claim that Azmin, “like many other Pakatan politicians”, had ghosts and skeletons in the closets. “Those with personal controversies should come clean,” said Ti. “Admit mistakes.”
Otherwise, he suggested, “just keep quiet”.
He thinks the errant parties should stop pretending to be “righteous, acting holier than thou” or demand transparency from others.
At the same time, they attempt to pull wool over the rakyat’s eyes, he lamented. “They want to hide the truth.”
They want to camouflage “political ugliness”, he said in a parting shot.
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