KUALA LUMPUR, July 2, 2015:

DAP National vice-chairperson Teresa Kok, has criticised the recent appointment of MCA Wanita chief Datuk Heng Seai Kie as the special adviser for the implementation of the National Unity Blueprint in the Prime Minister’s Department.

In a statement today, she described the appointment as unnecessary, unjustifiable and a waste of public funds.

“Wanita MCA chief Heng Seai Kie told the Oriental Dailytwo days ago that she was appointed as special adviser for the implementation of the National Unity Blueprint and would report to the Prime Minister directly.

“Heng said ‘as Joseph Kurup is an East Malaysian leader, he understands East Malaysia better while I will handle national unity issues in West Malaysia, so as to effectively implement various national unity programmes.”

“Heng’s explanation that she is needed to deal with unity issues in West Malaysia is totally unconvincing as, if this is the case, does it mean that all ministers from East Malaysia should have special advisers to assist them,” Kok asked.

Tan Sri Joseph Kurup is a Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department in charge of national unity.

The Seputeh Member of Parliament added that Heng was not qualified for the job following her controversial remarks, during the Rompin by-election, telling the Chinese not to oppose the Goods and Services Tax (GST) claiming that Malays would be paying more to the government.

“Given Heng’s move to racialise the GST issue in the run up to the recent Rompin by-election, she is certainly the most unsuitable and unqualified person to implement the national unity blueprint.

“On May 1, China Press and on May 2, Malaysiakini had reported that Heng had told Chinese in the country not to oppose the Goods and Services Tax as the system would see the Malays paying more.

“Despite her denial, her recorded interview with China Press was available on social media,” she added.

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