Friday, 4 July 2014

Gerakan National Youth has lambasted Penang Deputy Chief Minister II P Ramasamy for his "unMalaysian" statement on party president Mah Siew Keong’s appointment to oversee the Hindu Endowment Board.

The wing's chief Tan Keng Liang said today the concept of race is no longer applicable as a Malaysian is expected to take care of every other Malaysian, regardless of race or religious community.

"The mentality that only a minister from your own race can be allowed to take care of your own race is just unMalaysian.

"DAP claims to be multiracial, but how can it come up with such a remark?" he added.

Tan (left) urged Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng, who supervises Ramasamy, to explain why the his deputy in the state government had responded to Mah's appointment in such a manner.

"Does Ramasamy mean that a Chinese chief minister like Guan Eng can only take care of the Chinese community?" he asked.

Tan was referring to Ramasamy's statement that it was "an insult" for Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak to appoint Mah to oversee the Hindu board, asking if there were no capable Hindus available to take on the job.

Ramasamy, who is Penang Hindu Endowment Board chairperson, said the portfolio should at least be handed over to an MIC leader.

Tan explained that Mah's role in the Hindu board was merely to execute programmes and there would be people from the ground to provide him with feedback from the community.

He said Mah has appointed Gerakan Youth members Ivanpal S. Grewal and Manimaran Muthu to be his political secretary and special officer, respectively, to assist him in the new portfolio.


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