Rais says Anwar has no love for Malays, urges vote for BN
UPDATED @ 02:04:28 PM 05-06-2012
SHAH ALAM, June 5 — The Malays must unite for a Barisan Nasional win in the upcoming general election to ensure their rights are not taken away by the opposition, a senior Cabinet minister said today while hitting out at Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim whom he said did not “love Malays, the monarchy or Malay culture.”
In a sign of moves to consolidate support from Malay voters for the ruling coalition, Information, Communications and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Utama Dr Rais Yatim also accused Pakatan-ruled states of neglecting the welfare of Malays.
He said Malays “must understand who they are” and “know their rights”.
“In the opposition, there is no Malay political force,” Rais (picture) said today when launching the 1 Malaysia Social Media Convention in Selangor.
He claimed Opposition Leader Anwar “does not love Malays, the monarchy or Malay culture” for the latter “had never once talked about Malay welfare”.
“Mr DSAI, when was the last time you talked about strengthening the Malay language?” he asked to applause from the 1,000-strong crowd.
Rais called for Malays to unite and vote for leaders who cared about their special rights and welfare.
“The reason we lost so many seats in the 2008 election is because the Malays have forgotten themselves,” he said.
“For a community to stay in power, they must understand politics of numbers, which states when many come together we can determine something,” he added.
Rais told the Malays not to worry over the latest survey by independent pollster Merdeka Center which found support for BN among the Chinese was waning.
“Though recent polls show that Chinese support is low, don’t worry, as long as Malays practice politics of numbers, we will benefit.”