Teresa Kok is questioning MCA’s decision to complain about a deputy minister’s controversial remark to Datuk Seri Najib Razak, instead of demanding stern action be taken in Cabinet
“Is it because Liow and his ministers dare not bring up the issue and make a demand in the Cabinet meeting?,” the DAP lawmaker asked in a statement, alluding to MCA president Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai.
Kok was responding to Liow’s statement that MCA’s Central Committee was upset with Deputy Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Minister Datuk Seri Tajuddin Abdul Rahman’s ”slap Chinese” remarks and that the party would lodge an official complaint against Tajuddin with Najib, who is the Barisan Nasional chairman.
Tajuddin had last week warned he would “slap” the Chinese in Malaysia if they took their complaints outside of the country, although he later claimed it was said in jest.
The Pasir Salak lawmaker said this following Chinese ambassador to Malaysia Dr Huang Huikang’s remarks during his visit to Petaling Street recently.
Kok then asked whether lodging the complaint with Barisan Nasional’s Supreme Council was a delay tactic to allow the issue to die down over time.
The Seputeh Member of Parliament also said it was time “the only person who can and should” discipline Tajuddin, speak up and take action.
“It is the prerogative of the Prime Minister to appoint or dismiss any minister or deputy minister. Najib does not need the instruction or decision of the Barisan Nasional Supreme Council to act against any minister or deputy minister.”
She said if a deputy minister in a democratic nation like England, Australia or Japan made similar offensive remarks, he would have been immediately pressured by public opinion to withdraw his remarks and apologise, even forced to resign his government post or face expulsion by his Prime Minister.