THE National Patriots’ Association (Patriot) slammed Umno president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi for unnecessarily causing fear by bringing up the position of Malays as enshrined in the federal constitution.
Patriot president Brig-Gen (rtd) Mohamad Arshad Raji said the non-Malays have never questioned Malay rights, the position of rulers and the sanctity of Islam in Malaysia.
“It is puzzling to note that the Umno president has become overly concerned about the issues he raised when in fact no party, especially the non-Malays, has ever questioned the federal constitution relating to those issues mentioned ever since the constitution was first adopted,” he said in a statement today.
Zahid had previously said Umno will oppose any plans to ratify the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (ICERD) as it goes against Malay rights.
Patriot added that Zahid was just making general statements like this as a distraction from the problems he and his party were facing currently.
“It is a diversionary tactic aimed to keep a dying party relevant through its pretense to defend Islam, race and the rightful position of the rulers,” Arshad said, adding that the former deputy prime minister was nitpicking on non-Malays.
“If Zahid’s reminder is aimed at non-Malay groups and groups opposed to Umno, then Patriot sees his reminder as of no relevance,” he added.
The armed forces veteran also said Zahid was using this issue as a platform to stay relevant and divide the Malays and non-Malays.
“Recently a member of the Kedah royal family raised concerns and criticisms about the state of affairs of the Malay rulers.
“But Zahid did not voice his protest. Had the criticism been from a non-Malay, it would have been a foregone conclusion that a hellfire torrent would be unleashed from the pressure groups and Umno,” Arshad said.
Zahid yesterday reminded all parties to “not disturb” the constitution including the position of Islam and that of the Malay language as the national language.
This came after Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department P. Waythamoorthy said the Pakatan Harapan government was committed to ratify six treaties including ICERD next year.