Najib: I Can't Keep On Giving Minister Posts To Chinese Community If They Don't Support BN
"They have to make a choice."
Yesterday, 4 April, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak said he cannot keep on giving four or five ministerial positions to the Chinese community if they do not support Barisan Nasional (BN)
theSundaily reported that Najib was speaking at the 16th Public Service Premiership Council 2018 held at the Putrajaya International Convention Centre.
"I can't keep on giving four or five ministerial (posts) if they don't support BN. So, they have to make a choice," Najib was quoted as saying by Bernama.
Prior to that statement, Najib stressed that the Chinese community would benefit more with BN, especially with a stronger representation in the government.
Najib was responding to questions about the mood of Chinese voters ahead of the 14th general election
Bernama reported Najib as saying that it was hard to say as the voting tendencies of the Chinese community would only be clear at the last minute because they are "strategic voters".
"They will vote based on certain considerations. So, we don't know yet for sure," he was quoted as saying by Bernama.
Najib's remarks on being unable to give minister posts to the Chinese community if they do not support BN sparked outrage among netizens
A netizen demanded the reason for appointing a minister based on votes for the party, instead of the person's ability.
"Such a pity to keep the 5 seats! Is this charity?" the netizen wrote, before questioning why there were allocations for the Chinese community rather than appointing ministers based on their abilities.
One netizen said that treating all citizens fairly is more important than the race of the appointed ministers.
"I don't care if all ministers are Indians or Malays, as long as they treat every citizen fairly," the netizen wrote, before adding that the Chinese community will never live with dignity if they are continuously "threatened" this way.
Other netizens also criticised Najib's statement for "targeting" and "threatening" the Chinese community
Nonetheless, Najib emphasised that the Chinese community will prosper along with the economic progress of Malaysia
"If the country prospers, so will the Chinese," Najib said, before adding that the Chinese community will benefit if the country moves strongly economically.
Previously, a minister claimed that Najib has done more for the Chinese community than all the previous Prime Ministers combined: