PETALING JAYA: DAP has only four ministers. But within the government, there are 40 DAP Members of Parliament (MPs). If DAP retracted its support, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s government would collapse, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad claimed.
“That is why Anwar has to follow DAP’s manifesto, specifically to make Malaysia a country of various races, and replace the official religion of Islam by a secular country – a country with no official religion,” Dr Mahathir said in a statement posted on his Facebook today.
The former premier Dr Mahathir was responding to Bukit Gelugor Umno information chief Huzaidi Husin who denied that DAP had big influence on the current government, as the party only has four ministers.
According to The Star, on June 16, Huzaidi said it was pointless for Dr Mahathir to stoke racial sentiments because most Malays are more eager to see the country’s economic recovery.
“Enough with manipulating Malays by playing up racial issues for power and positions,” Huzaidi was quoted as saying.
Supporting his argument, Dr Mahathir pointed out the Federal Constitution has never mentioned or promoted Malaysia is “a multiracial country.”
It is unconstitutional to promote a multiracial country, he said.
“I’m just raising the provisions of the Constitution. Is it against the law to defend the Constitution?
“Instead, what is against the Constitution is promoting a multiracial country.
“Is the government going against the rule of law – including the Constitution – which did not mention that Malaysia is a multiracial country? Instead, the Constitution stresses a Malay- Malaysia,” added Dr Mahathir in the statement.