SERDANG, Nov 6 — MIC president Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam today urged Barisan Nasional (BN) leaders to stop describing the country’s non-Malay communities as “pendatang” (immigrants), and even suggested that usage of the term be banned entirely.
In his speech at the MIC polls today, Subramaniam, who is also a federal minister, called on the government to take stern action against those who use the term, regardless whether they are politicians or members of the public.
“Sensitive issues such as the common word ‘pendatang’ (used) by people within and outside political system should be viewed very strongly by the BN leadership, and in all ways, the usage of such term should be outlawed,” he said.
“Anyone who tries to disturb the peace by uttering words that could threaten racial harmony must be dealt with stern action.”
Subramaniam also pointed out that the fifth and sixth generations of Chinese and Indians in Malaysia cannot be considered outsiders or immigrants but are rightful citizens of the country.
The MIC president’s all today comes following the string of racist statements made during the September 16 “Red Shirts” rally in the city.
At the pro-Malay rally attended by Umno leaders such as former Malacca Chief Minister Tan Sri Mohd Ali Rustam, placards demanding the abolition of Chinese vernacular schools were displayed.
One demonstrator was also recorded calling an ethnic Chinese journalist “Cina babi” (Chinese pig), among others.