Kuala Lumpur – The Umno secretary-general said it was “unbecoming” of a Muslim non-governmental organisation to come up with insensitive remarks about the Chinese community.
According to the New Straits Times Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor said comments by Ikatan Muslimin Malaysia (Isma) were not constructive and not help with the “unity that the people had enjoyed for so many years”.
Isma, he added, failed to think critically before speaking.
“It is unbecoming of it. Why did it spark up issues that are sensitive to the people? All of us are Malaysians and we have been living together for such a long time, enjoying unity in diversity,” Tengku Adnan was reported to have said by the English daily.
He added that Isma’s comments would disrupt the harmony and unity the nation enjoyed for the past 57 years.
The Federal Territories Minister is the latest Umno Minister to condemn the organisation, whose president Abdullah Zaik Abdullah Rahman had earlier this week declared that the coming of Chinese migrants, along with British colonisers, to Malaya as a form of intrusion.
Two days ago, former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad had also advised Isma to keep its comments to itself and told them “to read the Quran”.
In Tuesday’s statement, Abdullah had also accused the British of being in cahoots with the Chinese to oppress and bully the Malays.
The remarks by Abdullah, who is currently being investigated for sedition, drew condemnation by politicians of various races and across the divide .