The prime minister said this in reply to a comment by a participant in a dialogue session with Chinese youths today, where it was noted that not all government leaders had followed Najib’s 1
policy, with some calling the Chinese “pendatang”. Malaysia
“What’s important is that
leaders do not consider Malaysians as pendatang,” Najib said. Malaysia
, we have one or two
lunatics; don’t take it too personally,” he said, referring to those who had
hurled the word against the Chinese. Malaysia
He also assured the crowd that studying in Chinese schools does not make them less Malaysian.
Najib’s approval rating experienced a marked decline among Indian and Chinese voters just weeks after the tumultuous Bersih 3.0 rally, a recent
survey has shown. Merdeka
The poll found that Chinese support for the PM had dropped 19 points from 56 per cent in February. Only 37 per cent from this segment polled now supported Najib — the lowest of the country’s various racial groupings.
Despite the continued rebuff, Najib has continued efforts to woo the community in the build-up to what is expected to be the most hotly contested general election in the country’s history.
He has, however, conceded that it will be a “gargantuan task” to regain Chinese support for Barisan Nasional.