Gerakan Youth wants BN to rid 'parasite' NGOs

BN needs to shake off “racial and religious” NGOs seen to be closely linked to the coalition, as these organisations only act as “parasites” that hurt the BN, said Gerakan Youth's chief.

“These NGOs always give the impression that they are BN supporters, but their leaders often make extreme statements causing Malaysians to be angry and hate BN. This is a fact.

“One NGO also threatened to withdraw support from BN if their demand is not fulfilled by the government,” Gerakan Youth chief Tan Keng Liang said in his speech at the wing’s annual general assembly today.

Although Tan refused to name the said groups claiming he wanted to avoid giving them “cheap publicity”, he appears to be referring to Malay rights group, Perkasa.

Recently, Perkasa chief Ibrahim Ali said he will withdraw support from BN in the next general election if BN repeals the Sedition Act.

In response, Tan had tweeted that this will be the best thing that could happen to BN, prompting anti-Gerakan vitriol from Ibrahim.

Addressing the youth assembly at Setia Alam today, Tan repeated his stand: “If they still threaten not to support BN, then we hope they fulfill their promise. The sooner, the better.”

'Drop ethnicity in forms, please'

On a related matter, the youth chief also questioned why Malaysians are still made to identify themselves according to race on official forms.

“The options given are often Malay, Chinese, Indian and 'others'. What about the Siamese, Kadazan, Iban, Murut, Bajau, Bidayuh, Melanau or Sikh?

"They are forced to choose 'others'. This has to stop."

“According to our federal constitution, we are all 'Bangsa Malaysia'.

"The rakyat must be given the option not to state their ethnicity. We are all 'Bangsa Malaysia',” he said.
 
 
 
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