Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Armed Forces Chief Urges Government To Act Sternly On Racial Issues

In an unprecedented move, Malaysian Armed Forces (MAF) chief, General Abdul Aziz Zainal Tuesday (9 Sept) urged the government to act against those using race as an issue as this could threaten the security of the nation.

Bernama reported him as saying, "Racial issues should not be raised as they are a threat to national security," at a Hari Raya presentation ceremony by Wanita Umno for the MAF and Royal Malaysian Police in Kuala Lumpur Tuesday (9 Sept).

Abdul Aziz said racial issues could raise tensions if not addressed early on. "In reality, racial issues are a major threat to the country and must be avoided," he stressed.

His remarks come in the aftermath of the uproar following the controversial remarks of Penang Umno's Bukit Bendera division chief Ahmad Ismail for his disparaging remarks about Chinese being squatters (penumpang).