Ling is no longer MCA president but DAP has had the past two years to prove the party strongman wrong.
That same sentiment should also be appropriate for Datuk Seri Najib Razak, who today strangely chose an MCA meeting to assure the Chinese that they are not ‘pendatang’ in Malaysia.
Of course, MCA members applauded the prime minister’s comments that they are as much a citizen as any the Malays, Orang Aslis, natives in Sabah and Sarawak and Indians.
Yet, its strange that Najib chose MCA to reassure the Chinese that they are not ‘pendatang’ or arrivals. For he never described them as such.
Fact is, the prime minister should tell this to Umno, Perkasa and the Biro Tata Negara (BTN). And he does have control over two out of three organisations mentioned.
They are the ones who need to know a fact known from August 31, 1957. That non-Malays are citizens by operation of law, by ancestry even. That their origins should not be a matter of debate some 50 years later.
Najib need not say this to the converted or the ones who know they are not ‘pendatang’, which can be insulting to those whose ancestors have been here since 500 years ago.
Fact is, the time for nice assuring words is over. If the PM really means what he says, he will follow up with action and distance himself and his party from right wing groups and revamp BTN.
There has been enough racist talk in the country and his reassuring words are falling on deaf and cynical ears.
Najib has to take the necessary action to put his words into reality. Act against those who are racist and sabotaging his 1 Malaysia.
Otherwise, his words will be cheap and nothing more than election gimmickry. And just living out Ling’s NATO.