LKY Has Hidden Motives In Accusing M'sia Of Marginalising Chinese Says Zainuddin Maidin.
"I think he wanted to scare the Chinese, to make them feel that the wealth that they have amassed can never be safe in the region," he said to newsmen here after visiting Xinhua news agency. He arrived here for a three-day working visit yesterday.
Zainuddin said Malaysia had never marginalised its Chinese community even when there was an opportunity to do so such as during the aftermath of the May 13 incident in 1969. "The Prime Minister then, Tunku Abdul Rahman, rejected such a notion. We have also never confiscated any assets of the Chinese community," he said.
"Instead, we broadened participation in the government by expanding the Alliance to set up the Barisan Nasional."
Today Malaysia has more Chinese schools than Singapore and the biggest circulation newspaper in the country is a Chinese language newspaper.
"Lee Kuan Yew on the other hand had systematically killed the Chinese culture by disallowing many Chinese practices. He also closed down Nanyang University and Ngee Ann college," he said.
Zainuddin said Lee must be congratulated for changing the Chinese identity in the island state such that it had become unrecognisable.
He called on Chinese newspapers in Malaysia not to be taken in by Lee's statement to the extent of playing up Chinese chauvinism and endangering Malaysia's racial harmony.