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Wednesday, 12-Nov-2008 09:00 Email | Share | Bookmark
Perdana Discourse Series - "Bangsa Malaysia"

Venue : Perdana Leadership Foudation, Putrajaya

Program details HERE

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PUTRAJAYA, Nov 12 (Bernama) -- Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said everyone could be Malaysia's prime minister as long as he is of "Bangsa Malaysia" or Malaysian race and acceptable to all Malaysians, regardless whether he is a Malay or non-Malay.

The former prime minister said that in this country the law provided that anybody could become prime minister although he must be the leader of the party that commanded majority support.

"When we talk about non-Malay PM (prime minister) we are being racist. We should not ask the question whether he is a Malay or non-Malay," he told reporters after delivering his keynote address at the Perdana Discourse Series "Bangsa Malaysia", here today.

Dr Mahathir was commenting on whether Malaysia was ready to have a non-Malay prime minister in light of the recent outcome of the United States presidential election where Barack Obama became the first elected African-American US president.

Earlier in his keynote address, Dr Mahathir said the race-based party Barisan Nasional (BN) was still relevant to tackle racism.

"The BN has proven that for the last 50 years, the party has actually reduced the debate on racism and developed this country to the level that we are today," he said.

Dr Mahathir also denied that the BN did not do well in the last general election because of the rejection from the people who were sick of race politics.

"To say that the BN did not do well because people rejected the race-based party is quite wrong. How can they say the rejection was because of the race-based party...because the party they are supporting like PAS, DAP and Keadilan are also race-based parties.

"Why they don't like the social contract, it is because of the race (factor), why they want a non-Malay PM, this is because of the race (factor too)," he added.

Dr Mahathir said dismantling the issue should be done slowly and the people must be prepared to make a sacrifice and fasten the proses by restoring national stability.

"That can only be done, of course, not through posturing by the opposition party but to go back to the race-based party, BN. I think the race-based parties are still relevant whether we like it or not", he added.


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1. Response was overwhelmng


3. Tun touching on the usage of scarf by Muslim women

4. Pakistani undergraduate posting a question. In response Tun Mahathir said that it was unfortunate that Pakistanis were divided into various sects that have resulted into sectarians violence. The Muslims in Malaysia on the other hand follow strictly the Islamic code as prescribed by Imam Shafie, a Sunni.

5. Feriz Omar of Prowaris

6. Tan Sri Arshad Ayub

7. Various shots during press conference

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10 & 11


Participants were presented with various view points on the topic by the following panel members
13. Dr Chandra Muzaffar of JUST

14. Prof Dato' Dr Shamsul Amir of ATMA

15. Alvin Goh of Malaysiakini

16. Dr KJ John of Sedaya College

17. and moderated by Dato' Mohamed Dahan Abdul Latiff of GABEM

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