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Gerakan President Criticizes Dr. M’s Controversial Remarks on Indian Loyalty

In a recent development, Dominic Lau, the President of Gerakan, has strongly rebuked former Prime Minister Dr. Mahathir Mohamad for his recent comments asserting that Indians in Malaysia are not “completely loyal” to the country. Lau, expressing his disapproval, deemed Mahathir’s statement “highly embarrassing and inappropriate,” especially considering Mahathir’s earlier endorsement of the Vision 2020 program in the 1990s, aimed at forging a unified Malaysian nation with a singular Bangsa Malaysia (Malaysian race).

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Champion of Vision 2020 Expresses Disapproval:

Lau, leading the Gerakan party within Perikatan Nasional (PN), disclosed that Gerakan had previously conveyed its dissatisfaction to Mahathir during a meeting held after his controversial statements preceding the Pulai by-election in September. At that time, Mahathir labeled political parties led by non-Malays as “immigrant parties,” a characterization that Gerakan finds deeply offensive.

Condemnation of Mahathir’s Offensive Statements:

Firmly believing that Mahathir’s recent statements, especially coming from someone regarded as a statesman, are highly offensive, Lau asserted that the government should counsel Mahathir against perpetuating differences that could potentially fracture the spirit of the Malaysian nation, painstakingly built over the years.

Dr. M’s Remarks Draw Criticism:

In a recent interview with Chennai-based Tamil news channel Thanthi TV, Mahathir asserted that Indians in Malaysia should prioritize their identity as Malaysians rather than immigrants from other countries. He argued that Malaysian Indians, instead of fully assimilating and “becoming Malay,” tend to identify with their country of origin. However, these remarks have ignited criticism from various quarters, including national unity minister Aaron Ago Dagang, digital minister Gobind Singh Deo, Muda, and a few former DAP MPs.

The controversy surrounding Mahathir’s statements reflects a broader debate on inclusivity, loyalty, and the diverse identity landscape in Malaysia. As the nation grapples with these issues, the call for responsible and unifying rhetoric remains imperative.