KOTA KINABALU: The Sarawak’s Chief Minister Tan Sri Adenan Satem was lauded over his Chinese New Year message stressing Chinese are not ‘pendatang’ (immigrants).
The message was also concurred and echoed by State Assembly Speaker Datuk Seri Panglima Salleh Said Keruak.
Special Tasks Minister Datuk Teo Chee Kang gave his double thumbs up to these statements, saying that this should put a stop to the rhetoric by the narrow minded few with selfish agenda that may stoke up racial hatred and distrust.
Teo who is also president of Liberal Democratic Party when asked to comment on the statement by Adenan.
Other than Chinese, he said the ancestors of many races and tribes of fellow Malaysians were migrants from South Asia and the Malay archipelago.
“What matters is our loyalty and allegiance as Malaysian citizens, origins are irrelevant,” pointed out Teo.
He stressed that Sabah under the leadership of Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman has no problem with the issue of racial harmony, as he is a moderate leader who embraces everyone regardless of race and religion.
“All Sabahans will agree that the existing racial harmony in the State is something we should cherish and maintain,” stated Teo.
Adenan has called on certain quarters to stop labelling Chinese in the nation immigrants, saying the Chinese community had already in Malaysia for hundreds of years for four to five generations.-Sayangsabah