Mocking Malays will only drive them towards Umno, Rafizi warns Pakatan supporters

Malay Mail
Malay Mail

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 11 — A small but undeniable section of Pakatan Harapan supporters were doing Umno a favour by ridiculing the Malay community for supporting the latter, PKR deputy president Rafizi Ramli said.

The PH candidate for Pandan said this included blanket statements claiming Malays did not care about corruption or were easily bought off, sometimes for just RM50.

While insisting they were few, he said it was undeniable that this group was making it hard for Malay voters to approach PH and vice versa.

“Avoid racial topics. It would be best if non-Malays not launch personal attacks against rival Malay leaders, especially those with religious backgrounds. The sensitivity can be twisted to portray non-Muslims mocking Islam. Let us Muslims take the lead and expose,” he said in a video today.

“Also avoid commenting on Malay institutions, including the constitutional monarchy, national language, and the position of Islam.”

Rafizi urged supporters to understand that the Malay leaders and members of PH will expose and challenge their counterparts in Umno, PAS, and Bersatu on these matters, and could do so openly without exposing PH to misleading counterattacks.

He acknowledged that his remarks today would not be universally welcome in PH, but insisted that he needed to say this as a Malay son from a village in Terengganu.

“I emphathise with the sensitivities of these Malay voters,” he said.

“Let us maintain harmony and mutual respect in our multiracial nation. Together, we can end the racial elements propagated by Umno, PAS, and Bersatu.”