Published: Monday April 9, 2012 MYT 11:36:00 PM
PM: Govt has done well in engaging the Chinese community
By YVONNE LIM
PETALING JAYA: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said that the Government had done well in engaging the Chinese community and hoped that they come forward with support when the time came.
He said that he needed the support of all Malaysians, including the Chinese community, to make his transformation agenda a success.
Najib, who was a guest on NTV7's talk show Chat Time which at 8.30pm on Monday looked calm and relaxed in a light blue shirt, casual dark blue coat and beige trousers, as he tackled the various questions put forward to him which touched on various issues including matters concerning the Chinese community, the younger generation's political tendencies, Lynas and the upcoming General Elections.
Newscasters Owen Yap and Lee Siad Huey conducted the one-and-a-half show using both Bahasa Malaysia and English, and also provided commentaries in Mandarin on the various issues discussed in the show.
“The Government has done well in engaging with the Chinese community, and on my part I have been a Prime Minister for all.
“However, we will only see the true voting tendencies' of the Chinese and can only hope for their support when the time comes,” said Najib when asked about the voting tendencies' of the Chinese.
On certain fears that Chinese vernecular schools were in danger of being closed down, Najib said:
“Chinese vernacular schools are an integral part of the country's education system and the Government supports the development of Chinese schools as well as other vernacular schools.
“Therefore, there is no reason for anyone to fear that we will close down any Chinese school, as they are here to stay.”
The Prime Minister also disagreed with the common perception that the younger generation only supported the opposition.
“I have met young people on various occasions and they have always seemed very warm towards the Government.”