SEPANG: Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad has warned Chinese education group Dong Zong to toe the line and not incite people into fighting one another.
He said the group runs the risk of running foul of the law if it continues on its current course.
“Now if they keep on inciting people to fight against each other, of course that is going against the law.
“We have freedom of speech, but we are always sensitive about not instigating people of different races to fight against each other.
“But Dong Zong is only talking about one community, forgetting that it is a multiracial country,” he said while drawing on Dong Zong’s public petition against teaching Khat in schools, which it had claimed was subtle Islamisation.
Dr Mahathir however remained neutral when asked if Dong Zong could be banned.
“I do not know yet, that’s up to the police to decide,” he told reporters at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport’s (KLIA) 21st anniversary celebration, here, today.
Earlier, Dr Mahathir reiterated that he stood by his statement that Dong Zong was racist.
He said that the group has only fought for the Chinese despite Malaysia being a multiracial nation.
“When we do something we must think what the other races would say, and if they are not happy, then you should try and accommodate.
“But Dong Zong has never said a word about Malaysia, it’s always about Chinese education.”
He drew on the group’s objection when he proposed the Sekolah Wawasan or integrated vision schools concept to bring vernacular and national type schools under one roof.
“It’s a very racist way of thinking. What's wrong with Malays, Chinese and others going to school together? To have an assembly where all three schools are together?
“It’s an anathema to Dong Zong.”