Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai has said that Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin’s statement that it is not impossible for another race riot to occur again in the country was a “reminder” to Malaysians not to take the country’s peace for granted.
While declining to say if he endorsed the view, the MCA president said the country must unite in the fight against extremists and militants.
“I don’t want to say whether I agree or disagree. But the deputy prime minister’s statement is a reminder to us all,” he told reporters after attending the opening of a MH370 tribute photo exhibition at a mall in Kuala Lumpur.
Liow said everyone was working towards a better Malaysia but extremists were taking every opportunity to destablise the country.
“The deputy Prime Minister’s statement will remind everyone that unity did not come easy,” said the Transport Minister.
Umno-owned Utusan Malaysia yesterday reported Muhyiddin’s warning that Malaysia could see another “bloody incident” if no efforts were made to preserve inter-ethnic harmony.
“That is why all sorts of assumptions are raised when ethnic ties become strained and unhealthy. This could lead to that incident, and I do not want to mention the date (May 13, 1969),” the paper quoted Muhyiddin as saying, adding the date of the 1969 racial riots in parenthesis in its report.
Muhyiddin also expressed fears over the insults allegedly hurled towards the Malays and Muslims of late.