'To fight extremism, Najib must start from Umno'

Sarawak DAP welcomed Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak’s statement on fighting against extremism, as it is not good for the country and the people.

“But to fight extremism, I urge him to walk the talk. Don’t only pay lip service. He must start from Umno, of which he is the president,” said Sarawak DAP chief Chong Chieng Jen (left) when commenting on the matter.

Last night, Najib told some 40,000 people who were attending a Chinese New Year gathering at the compound of Dewan Masyarakat Kuching that the BN government rejected any form of extremism.

He said he was aware that the Chinese in Malaysia wanted peace, stability, good governance and rejected extremism.

“They want, above all, peace and stability. If you don’t have peace and stability, you cannot do business or make money, and BN can provide peace and stability in Sarawak.

“When we have peace and stability, we must reject extremism,” Najib was quoted as saying.

Speaking at a news conference this morning, Chong - who is also the Bandar Kuching MP and state assemblyperson for Kota Sentosa - stressed that the PM should first tackle Umno, which he claimed was full of extremists.

“Some Umno leaders and cabinet ministers have been issuing racist and religious extremist statements.

"For a minister to make a racist statement like accusing the Chinese of exploiting the price of goods and urging the Malays to boycott Chinese traders, it shows that this minister is not fit to be in the cabinet,” said Chong, referring to Agriculture and Agro-based Industries Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob's infamous Facebookposting.

Najib has to take a series of actions against the many extremists in Umno and to tackle them one by one, only then will he have showed that he walked the talk, added Chong.

“As far as Sarawak as concerned, we do not have any extremism, and we don’t welcome extremism from the peninsula.

“That is why we don’t welcome Umno,” he said.

Najib and his wife Rosmah Mansor returned to Kuala Lumpur this morning after a three-day visit to Sarawak.

on Malaysiakini(28/2/2015)