SHAH ALAM (Bernama) – Gerakan leaders and members who make racist remarks would be severely dealt with including given the sack, said its president Datuk Mah Siew Keong (Bernama photo, below).
“If anyone in Gerakan issues a racist remark, we will take action including sacking him,” he said when delivering his presidential policy speech at the 43rd Gerakan National Delegates Conference.
Mah also proposed that Barisan Nasional component party members take the same measure to protect and strengthen unity of the people in the country. He said stern action was necessary as more political leaders and members were touching on racist issues or projecting extremism which offended certain quarters.
Mah said extreme racist remarks also caused him to stop surfing the Internet before going to bed since seven months ago, while it was his daily routine previously.
“I stopped surfing the Internet because I could not sleep after that. It’s not because of the negative comments or personal attacks on me, as being a political party leader, I am used to it.
“But it is because when I read the blogs or Facebook, the comments made by the young generation are very racist and they are our future leaders,” he said, adding that the best solution was needed to stop this unhealthy situation.
He also reminded Gerakan members to return to the vision of the party’s founders, Prof Datuk Dr Syed Hussein Alatas, Tun Dr Lim Chong Eu and Tan Sri Dr Tan Chee Koon who wanted to see a party which looked after national interests over and above ethnic groups. Mah, who was appointed as Gerakan president in 2013, also promised to revive the party and win back the trust of the people after losing badly in the last two general elections.
“The formula which will be used for our comeback includes choosing winnable candidates regardless of whether they are in camp A, B or C or any camp until Z.
“Many say that winnable candidates are the ones closest to the president, which is not true! I will resign if Gerakan does not make a comeback from the 2013 general election results.
“I do not want to be a short-term president, so we must win. Start working now. Do not wait until the last minute,” he said.