Former ‘unofficial’ BN secretary-general Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz has been making headlines with his various antics towards UMNO.
Curiously, Nazri remained under the radar in the months following BN’s defeat in GE-14. But his recent emergence in the public eye was not a positive change from his silence.
Nazri made his return in February, saying non-Malays shouldn’t be appointed as Attorney-General, Chief Justice, and Finance Minister, because they could not take their oath of office as they do not swear on the Quran.
He added that the non-Malays have no right to question Malay privileges, because the non-Malays have already been given the privilege of having vernacular schools. With those statements, he received criticism from his own coalition-mates and members of the public.
He then defended his statements, clarifying that he meant to say if the non-Malays dispute Malay rights, there will be an opposite reaction, thus calling for a mutual respect.
Nevertheless, the damage has been done. He was condemned by SUHAKAM (Human Rights Commission of Malaysia) for being a racist.
In March, MCA and MIC said that Nazri’s appointment as BN secretary-general was ‘illegal’, in other words not in accordance with BN constitution.
In response, Nazri retaliated with another controversial statement, asking MCA and MIC to leave BN as UMNO now has PAS as an ally.
This led MCA and MIC to issue a joint statement, saying that they will boycott the BN supreme council meeting if Nazri is attending.
With the ongoing tension, UMNO acting president Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan stepped in and claimed that Nazri was never officially appointed as the coalition secretary-general. Thus, the “former” secretary-general Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor is still the current BN secretary general.
Despite MCA and MIC only have one parliamentary seat each, UMNO still tries to keep them as allies by giving in to their demands. Do UMNO really need MCA and MIC?