The Kuala Lumpur and Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall (KLSCAH) is raising concern and disappointment towards the president of Federation of Malaysia Zhang Clan Association and the supposed leaders representing Penang Chinese communities heartily welcomed former Prime Minister (PM) Najib Razak to Penang. Our organisation also supports Penang Chinese Chamber of Commerce (PCCC) which refuses to stand on the same stage with political figures involved in corruption, especially if they are controversial ones convicted by the court for corruption charges.
KLSCAH wonders, after the Court of Appeal dismissed former PM Najib’s appeal against the seven charges of SRC International Sdn Bhd, and the High Court upheld his guilty verdict. It seems even with the execution of the sentence suspended, and Najib getting rights to his freedom of movement and personal activities, several local Chinese organisations are not against – yet seemingly indifferent towards corrupt politics in – the high number of visitors and the crowds. This phenomenon is something worthy to reflect upon for the Chinese communities in general. The collapse of the Barisan Nasional (BN) government, led by Najib, in the 2018 election is a testament to the people’s determination to reject corrupt politics. To welcome visits of controversial politicians with damaged reputations sets a bad example, just as returning Chinese communities down the old narrative path of flattery towards those in power.
In recent times, where Chinese communities are generally immersed in the “Bossku” effect set off by Najib, KLSCAH hopes to see more Chinese communities – such as the PCCC – stand firm against corrupt people. not to rush to follow the trend and fall for the “Bossku” effect, nor to surrender to Najib’s short-term political halo effect. On the contrary, Chinese communities should dissociate themselves from corrupt political figures, promote more awareness and education on stopping corruption in our society, and demonstrate virtues of courtesy and integrity that Chinese communities are committed to nurturing.
The Kuala Lumpur And Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall (KLSCAH)