In Malaysia, the rights of any race must not be taken away.
DAP National Deputy Chairman and MP for Kepong Dr Tan Seng Giaw reiterates that the rights of all races must be protected and that no one or no race can rob the rights of other races.
Dr Tan said so as part of his speech during the debate on the Royal Address in the House on 13 Mei, 2008.
The cyclone disaster in Myanma and the earthquake in China caused severe loss of lives. Malaysia express her sympathy and condolences for people of the two countries. We extend our help.
In the present parliamentary session, we welcome the 99 new members to the House. Hitherto, some have made meaningful speeches, showing their potential.
After the March 8, 2008 general elections, the House has been boisterous. During the elections, each party portrayed its policies. After the people have made their decision, all parties must be able to work together to develop the nation.
Gunung Tahan sama didaki,
Sungai Pahang sama direnang;
Jikalau semua bersatu hati,
Kerja yang payah menjadi senang.
UMNO champions the rights, custom and history of Malays; MCA cries out about the rights and education of Chinese and MIC spells out the rights and citizenships of Indians. They use tonggan, the big wok placed above a hole in the ground. Tonggan UMNO, MCA, MIC and other component parties of the National Front (BN) cooks racial issues to work up the feeling of various races. But, this type of cooking utensil is no longer practical. The emergence of China and India is changing the scenario. Now, we are using microwave and other modern cooking utensils. Our aim is to attain a developed nation status by 2020.
We must avoid brandishing the keris during party conventions; the Education Minister recognises that this is not the right thing to do. All races have rights in politics, economy, health, agriculture and so forth. There should not be any race that would usurp the rights of other races. The poor and the weak must be protected, irrespective of race and religion. We must always try our best to narrow the gap, whether it is wealth, digital or region, with courage and commitment.
Dr Tan Seng Giaw