MCA Youth will demand an apology from Bukit Bendera Umno chief Datuk Ahmad Ismail over a racist statement he supposedly uttered when campaigning for the Permatang Pauh by-election.

Its secretary-general Dr Wee Ka Siong said the statement had angered the Chinese and other non-Malay communities.

“I have received many complaints from the Chinese community over the statement for the past two days.

“I am saddened that he could make such a statement. It is a generalisation to assume that all Chinese don’t treat their friends well. Accusing the whole community like this is uncalled for.

“I know he was canvassing for votes during the recent by-election but he didn’t have to resort to using a racist statement,” he told reporters Wednesday at the Parliament lobby here.

“It’s insensitive to talk about other races like this. We want him to retract the statement and we will demand an apology from him,” stressed Dr Wee.

The statement, which was widely reported by the Chinese newspapers on Monday, has been posted on the website of the Puchong MCA Youth.

Dr Wee also said it was unbecoming for a politician and community leader like Ahmad to make such remarks in a multi-ethnic community.

“We want to maintain peace and stability in the country,” he said.

The Star