KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 2 ― Controversial “Red Shirts” movement chief Datuk Seri Jamal Md Yunos had spearheaded efforts to help needy ethnic Chinese fishermen in Sungai Besar, the constituency's MP Budiman Mohd Zohdi claimed today.
Budiman said his claim is in contrast to accusations that the Sungai Besar Umno chief is racist.
“Jamal is always accused as a racist by DAP, but he is the one who started efforts to save Chinese fishermen in Sungai Besar,” Budiman said during the Umno assembly today.
Budiman had earlier said that it is important for Barisan Nasional and Umno to cater to non-Malays if they are going to win Selangor in the next elections.
“In Sungai Besar, we were to able even win in a Chinese polling district because we catered to the non-Malays,” he said.
“This was because we had free tuition for the Indians, and we had also saved the struggling Chinese fishermen.”
Budiman stressed that the Malay and non-Malay composition is balanced in Selangor and as such it is important to gain more non-Malay support.
In June this year, Budiman retained the Sungai Besar seat for the ruling coalition with a majority of 9,191 over his rival Amanah’s Azhar Abdul Shukur, followed by Dr Rani Osman from PAS.
Jamal rose to prominence after leading a pro-Malay rally in September last year which was marred by sporadic outbreaks of racism, with one attendee recorded calling a reporter “Cina gila babi”.
He had later downplayed the insult hurled at the reporter, saying that the Chinese should feel no slight in the remark since they consume pork.