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August 15, 2005 20:12 PM  

Don't Raise Social Contract Issue, Umno Youth Chief Warns

PETALING JAYA, Aug 15 (Bernama) -- Umno Youth Chief Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein, Monday warned all factions against raising or questioning the issue of social contract between the races, which was agreed upon when Malaysia achieved its independence.

"Don't bring up the issue again as it has been agreed upon, appreciated, understood and endorsed by the Constitution.

"For me, the issue should not be blown out of proportion and we in Umno Youth will defend whatever that has been understood, agreed and inherited," he told a press conference after launching The New Straits Times School Sponsorship Programme at Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Taman Medan here.

He was commenting on a news report Sunday, which quoted Gerakan President Datuk Seri Dr Lim Keng Yaik as having asked political parties to discard the social contract formula agreed by all races in the country when Malaysia achieved its independence 48 years ago.

Dr Lim was also quoted to have said that the social contract formula had hurt the feelings of Chinese and Indians.

Hishammuddin, who is also Education Minister, said Dr Lim had already cleared the air on the matter today and that he denied having made such statements.

"As explained by Gerakan President Datuk Seri Dr Lim Keng Yaik today, I hope the matter will not be raised further as it would be odd to do it now," he said.

In this context, he said discussions related to future joint cooperation would be continued through existing channels of communication such as workshops and roundtable discussions, which had been agreed upon by BN component parties.

"We want to continue with our dialogue in a mature and rational manner, not focused on racial sentiments, and should not be used as an issue which will stop us from moving forward as the discussion is a national agenda and a joint agenda," he said.

Hishammuddin also called on the younger generation to continue with the spirit of understanding, respect and promoting goodwill among the races.

He said BN interest and the feelings of those who were truly Malaysians, must be given priority by all factions.

Their feelings should not exploited for personal or political gains so that the future generation would understand the true picture, he said.

On the election of MCA Youth leadership, Hishammuddin said, this was the movement's internal affairs, but he hoped candidates elected would work together with their BN counterparts.


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