SARIKEI: The Chinese community must look at the Barisan Nasional (BN) as a great platform to participate actively in the government for mutual benefits, said Sarikei MP Ding Kuong Hiing yesterday.
Towards that end, they must rally behind BN parties such as SUPP if they yearned to enjoy equal opportunities like all the other races.
“The Chinese need to participate actively in the country’s politics and, most important of all, be well represented in the government,” Ding said during a motivational talk organised by SUPP here.
Among the 200 party members present were former Repok assemblyman Datuk David Teng Lung Chi, SUPP Sarikei Youth chief councillor Teng Ung Woo, organising secretary Wong Siew Tung and SUPP Sarikei branch committee members.
Ding told those present that he was aware that the Chinese communities in other countries showed no interest in politics because they were basically undecided whether they would be staying in their country of residence permanently.
In the case of the Chinese in Malaysia, everyone had accepted it as their home.
“Hence, we have to participate actively in the country’s politics, like the way we do in the economic fields. Our (Chinese) welfare would be well taken care of only if we have good representation in the government.”
Ding pointed out that Chinese-based parties outside the BN coalition would not be able to help the community as they did not share similar aspirations and goals.
The DAP, for instance, would not be able to help the community as it refused to work with the BN.
“In any case, I personally believed that it is still a long way to go before the DAP and its allies in Pakatan Rakyat (PR) can realise their dream of wresting power from the BN.”