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Mahathir: Nothing wrong to attend dignity congress

  • Tun Mahathir reiterates there is nothing wrong for him to attend the Malay Dignity Congress held earlier this month.

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 25 (Sin Chew Daily) -- Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad reiterated that there was nothing wrong for him to attend the Malay Dignity Congress held earlier this month.

He wrote in his blog that he attended the congress because he was a Malay.

“It is common in this multiracial country for the citizens to retain their identification with their countries of origin even after being in Malaysia and holding its citizenship for three generations. They do not want to lose their racial identities.

“They manifest this ethnic link through their language, culture, schools and ethnic organisations. They often hold meetings confined to their ethnic group.”

He said ethnicity was recognised as legitimate and proper in multiracial Malaysia.

“Other multiracial countries see non-indigenous people identifying themselves with the indigenous citizens almost completely. They adopt the language and culture of the indigenous people and break their link with their countries of origin. They even change their names.”

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