Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi admitted (indirectly) instead of strengthening have further deteriorating under his leadership.

He said the Cabinet, which discussed the race issue yesterday, was of the view that race relations in the country was showing “not so good signs” which could cause tension. The Prime Minister noted that a number of sensitive issues, which were not openly discussed before, were being raised.

“Issues that are not normally raised are being brought up and turned into issues. Matters that have never been discussed before are being discussed now and this is bringing about all sorts of reactions.

“All this while we have been able to control the situation and prevent any untoward incident. But we cannot allow a fiery situation to prevail as it could jeopardise the peace and security of our country,” he said after chairing a special Umno supreme council meeting according to thestar.

Thestar also reported Abdullah had directed respective ministries to keep tabs on the situation, and act accordingly.

“We hope the people will understand that in a multi-racial, multi-religious country like ours, we need to take care so that there will (continue to) be peace and mutual respect among us. We need harmony so that the country can develop.

“We need to do what is best for the country. We need to save Malaysia from racial fights and tension,” he stressed.