KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 11 ― An MCA leader has rapped Umno Youth chief Khairy Jamaluddin for the latter’s comment opposing vernacular schools, claiming multi-stream schools are not an obstacle towards national unity.
In a statement, Senator Datuk Koh Chin Han said the youth and sports minister should oppose racial extremists instead, naming preacher Zamihan Mat Zin ― currently under probe for sedition ― as an example.
“In fact, extremists are the ones who pioneered incitement of hatred and discrimination. For instance... Zamihan Mat Zin, who once said that the Chinese were ‘unhygienic’ and ‘do not wash themselves after defecating and urinating’.
“As a politician, Khairy Jamaluddin should lambast and fight against these extremists, instead of being engrossed with the myth that ‘a single-stream education system promotes national unity’,” Koh said.
Zamihan was caught on video making racist remarks about the ethnic Chinese on Sunday while defending Muslim-only laundry, calling them “unhygienic” for not washing up after urinating and defecating, and for consuming alcohol and pork.
The police confirmed today that the Sunni Organisation Malaysia (Aswaja) president is under investigation for allegedly insulting a Malay ruler in the same religious lecture.
“It has been proven that different races studying in single-stream schools are not necessarily united, while multi-stream schools will not lead to racial division, and definitely are not an obstacle to national unity,” Koh said.
Yesterday, Khairy was reported saying that the current education system should be reviewed and is seen by many as a hindrance to national unity.