PETALING JAYA: Former Attorney General Tommy Thomas’ analysis of ‘the failures of Malayan leadership’ is irresponsible and insensitive to Malaysians, says Datuk Seri Dr. Ahmad Zahid Hamidi (picture).
The President of Umno said Thomas’ statement was contradictory as the 22-month government of Pakatan Harapan was also led by Malays.
“The Malaysian cabinet in general consists not only of Malays but also of representatives of the Indian, Chinese and Dayak communities.
“His (Thomas’) words show his biased nature, to the point where he singled out the Malays without seeing the bigger picture,” he said in a statement Tuesday (September 20).
The Bagan Datuk MP also questioned whether Thomas disregarded statistics from 2021 showing that the Malay and Bumiputera communities made up 69.8% of the population, followed by the Chinese at 22.4 % and the Indians (6.8%).
“Cabinet positions reflect the national population and are accepted as democratic practice, without neglecting representatives of ethnic minorities,” he said.
Ahmad Zahid added that the Malay and Bumiputera communities are also tolerant, citing how many of them have done brilliantly during their foundation or matriculation studies, but have not completed courses of their choice, such as. As medicine, could prove.
“Nevertheless, they didn’t use this issue to say they were marginalized or hold grudges against those of other races who were given those places.
“Chinese and Indian companies are also present in Malay or Bumiputera communities.
“Their businesses are, in turn, supported by local Malaysian or Bumiputera communities who prosper without prejudice or racism,” he said.
He said Thomas’ behavior was not new, however, as he claimed in his book that Malay-centric parties would have disastrous consequences after the Pakatan government.
“It’s not right to throw blanket accusations. It also reflects his (Thomas) biased nature and shows that he is afraid of the Malays,” he said.
Ahmad Zahid’s comments follow a speech by Thomas at a political forum held on Saturday (September 17).
Earlier, senior lawyer Datuk Zaid Ibrahim also asked the DAP leadership to state whether they agreed with Thomas’ analysis of the “failures of the Malayan leadership”.
“He (Thomas) spoke at length about the failures of the Malaysian leadership. In fact, he said that if Malays came to dominate the government and cabinet, it would likely fail.
“That kind of stereotyping is not conducive,” he said in a video on his Facebook page on Monday (September 19).
Zahid then questioned the types of Malays that were acceptable to DAP.
“Who can rule? How does DAP approve these Malays?
“This is important because Malay voters who support Pakatan Harapan need to know whether Pakatan-backed (Malaysian leaders) are useful or useless, or are they just stooges of the DAP?” he asked.