KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 2, 2015:

MCA will lodge a formal protest against Deputy Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Minister Datuk Seri Tajuddin Abdul Rahman over his latest remark against the Chinese community.

Party secretary-general Datuk Seri Ong Ka Chuan said the party would lodge a complaint with Barisan Nasional and would request action to be taken against Tajuddin’s statement which threatened national unity.

The second International Trade and Industry minister, in a statement, said MCA was offended by the remark which had seriously insulted Malaysian Chinese, and demanded that Tajuddin apologise.

“Clearly he is fighting against his own shadow as what he criticised has never taken place.

“As a deputy minister, he should check his facts first before making statements instead of recklessly commenting on the Malaysian Chinese community.”

The Pasir Salak lawmaker and Umno Supreme council member had yesterday lambasted Chinese ambassador to Malaysia Dr Huang Huikang’s remarks during his visit to Petaling Street last week, saying that it was merely meant to protect tourists from the republic.

Tajuddin also warned Chinese Malaysians that they should be slapped for assuming there would “external” people to protect them if they had complained about Malaysia outside the country. He, however, later claimed that the slap threat was said in jest

The Umno supreme council member also called on the Chinese to stop “fantasizing” that external powers, or a “Godfather” from China, would defend them.

Ong said Malaysian Chinese were only loyal to Malaysia.

“Malaysian Chinese will never swear allegiance to other countries, let alone lodge complaints when abroad. This is an extremely ignorant statement coming from Tajuddin.

“As Malaysian Chinese, we are born and bred here. We are legal citizens of this country and this is undeniable.”

He said during the Japanese Occupation in 1941, tens of thousands of Malayan Chinese paid with their lives in defending the nation.

“We subsequently teamed up with other races to negotiate with Britain for a peaceful path to Independence.

“We have worked hard, and with support from other races, built up a vibrant and strong national economy ever since.”

Ong said the Malaysian Chinese community had made immense contributions to the country and were not “outsiders” who plucked the fruits of others’ labour.

“Therefore, Tajuddin’s scolding is uncalled for and is totally unreasonable.

“At the moment, the nation is facing many challenges. It is all the more important for a leader to lead by example to unite the people and endeavour for national economic recovery.

“We certainly do not need Tajuddin’s statement which harms national unity.”

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