basis for racial politics, says Ezam
Leong Kar Yen
Tue: Keadilan Supreme Council’s decision not to participate in the
proposed Malay unity talks shows that there is no more basis to practise racial
politics, said the party’s Youth chief Mohamad Ezam Mohd Nor.
“This rejection brings a new era to the meaning of political struggles in
Malaysia. The politics of race has lost all basis,” he told reporters at
Keadilan headquarters after chairing a Youth meeting today.
“Keadilan has rejected the premise of Malay disunity,” he said, adding that
there is only disunity within Umno itself.
Last week, Umno has proposed a tripartite talks on Malay unity involving Umno,
PAS and Keadilan. Yesterday, Keadilan resolved not to attend the talks.
When asked by reporters if Keadilan’s rejection of the Malay unity talks went
against PAS’ acceptance of the talks, Ezam said “no”.
“Just because PAS agrees to the talks does not mean we are in conflict. PAS
has agreed to the talks only if the talks are on national unity and not Malay
unity. We share the same principles,” he added. (PAS will not attend talks if
only on Malay unity, Jan 9)
Ezam also announced that Keadilan Youth will go on a road-show covering the
major cities nationwide to promote the party’s concept of “new politics”
which transcends all racial barriers.
“We reject the politics of race and ethnic polarisation. We will take three
months to visit the major cities in each state to explain this ‘new
politics’ called Agenda Politik Baru,” he said.
Ezam, however, did not specify when the road-show would commence, adding that he
would discuss the plans with the other Barisan Alternatif component parties,
namely PAS, PRM and DAP.
Report on corruption
When malaysiakini asked Ezam to comment on Umno Youth chief’s rejection
of a debate with PAS Youth chief Mahfuz Omar on the issue of Malays special
rights, he said: “It shows their true colours.”
“There is nothing wrong with debates but we only debate with credible people.
Umno Youth does not have this credibility,” he said.
Ezam also said that Keadilan Youth will hold mass prayers at the mosque of the
Kuala Lumpur International Airport on Jan 27.
After the prayers, a police report would be lodged against Prime Minister Dr
Mahathir Mohamad, Finance Minister Daim Zainuddin and former Malaysia Airlines
(MAS) chairman Tajudin Ramli for corruption and abuse of power, he added.