MCA Youth chief Datuk Liow Tiong Lai will meet his Umno counterpart to express concern over the latter’s use of the kris during the recent Umno Youth general assembly.
Liow said although Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein had explained that the kris was merely a symbol to motivate Malays, people of other races were uneasy.
“He explained to the BN Youth why he used the kris after last year’s Umno Youth assembly. This year, when he used it again, there was also uneasiness among the other races, although it was less.
“Perhaps he needs to explain more. I still get calls from people of other races, especially Chinese, who say they are uneasy with the use of the kris.
“As leaders, we need to understand and consider the feelings of the people on the ground, especially the other races.
“If I hold a Chinese sword at a wushu function it would be different than if I hold one at a political event. This was a political function, so it is seen in a different context. It can create uneasiness,” he said.
Liow was speaking to reporters at the Summit Hotel in Bandar Sunway after launching a new product, Pro Can, to fight early-stage cancer.
Liow said: “The general assembly was carried live on television so it is no more a closed-door event. Such a sensitive issue, then, was raised in public. But the National Agenda must come first. We are all Malaysians and we (non-Malays) are here to stay.” – NST -