Malaysia

Ali Rustam blames restrictions on Bumis, claims Chinese success due to “illegal businesses”

October 07, 2013
Latest Update: October 08, 2013 07:01 am

In a move to whip up support in the coming Umno polls, vice-president hopeful Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Rustam (pic) attacked the Chinese for allegedly being involved in all "illegal businesses" in the country.

"We can't have casinos, 4D, Toto, gambling, lottery, massage parlors, ah long. These are all illegal. And the Chinese are the ones dabbling with all the illegal businesses," he told an audience of about 100 people at an entrepreneurs event organised by Perbadanan Usahawan Nasional Berhad (PUNB) today.

The former Malacca chief minister also said that although he worked tirelessly in the last general election, he was voted out by the Chinese.

Ali was recently elected as chairman of PUNB, a government entrepreneur development corporation with the aim to foster Bumiputera business owners.

"PUNB's work will only be considered a success when there's a whole chain of businesses,  from suppliers down to the sale of finished products, all done by Malays," Ali said.

He then trained his guns at the DAP, saying that if the opposition was to take over the country, "the Malays will be living along the Gombak river".

He also said Penang would not maintain its standing as a tourist hub as the state has a "chief minister who is a racist".

"If he can, he'll suppress the Malays to the ground," Ali added.

He accused the DAP of acquiring Bumiputera land using their Malay members and then building tall apartments.

"Who knows what will happen five years from now," he said.

Ali also alleged that Kelantan, a state under PAS rule, has plenty of opportunities for logging but only DAP members are getting the conracts.

"DAP wanted to enter Malacca but the people there rejected the Chinese-based party and gave their votes to Barisan Nasional," he added.

"DAP wants to destroy the Constitution that protects the rights of Malays. As long as the Constitution is such, they will fight on," he alleged before adding that if politicians such as Karpal Singh, Lim Kit Siang and Mat Sabu, who had lost in previous elections, continued to fight on, so should he.

The politician, in his campaign to win the hearts of Malay conservatives, also spoke on the necessity to retain Malays in most government agencies, including the police and armed forces.

"The Chinese want everything. We've treated them well. The Malays have been good to them," Ali continued.

"When the Chinese want help, request to build schools, scholarships, the government gave it to them. But when election time came, they forgot all this. All that's important is that they take over the Malays and turn them into 'pendatang'."

This stirred the emotions of the audience with some of them shouting, "ask the Chinese to return home".

Ali also criticised Chinese schools, in particular the Dong Zong education group, for asking the government to recognise the Unified Examination Certificate (UEC) and to allow the PMR and SPM examinations to be conducted in Chinese.

"This doesn't even happen overseas. If they want all their requests fulfilled, then fulfill our request and close all the vernacular schools and turn it all into national schools like in Thailand and Singapore," he added. - October 7, 2013.