Sunday, January 17, 2016
Why must Umno do that?
Salleh Said Keruak
Lim Kit Siang asked whether Umno is prepared to open its membership to non-Malays.
This is actually a non-issue because Umno has never claimed to be a multi-racial party -- like DAP is claiming. In fact, neither has MCA or MIC made this claim as well. All three parties admit to being ethnic-based.
And that was why the Alliance Party was created in 1952 -- so that Umno, MCA and MIC can retain their ethnic base and yet come together under a multi-racial coalition.
DAP, on the other hand, claims to be a multi-racial party. But the party is almost entirely Chinese except for a fraction of its non-Chinese members.
This is the issue so let us not sidetrack from this and start talking about issues that have no relevance to the discussion. Umno does not claim that is it a multi-racial party. DAP does.