Former MACC adviser Robert Phang has likened the ongoing spat between MCA and Tourism and Culture Minister Nazri Abdul Aziz to a "good cop, bad cop" routine, intended to stir up racial sentiments ahead of the coming election.
Phang accused both MCA and Nazri of being complicit in attempts to tar billionaire Robert Kuok, as part of a "politically-motivated and premeditated" ploy to create animosity towards the Chinese Malaysian community.
He said Nazri had perpetuated unfounded allegations against Kuok, which in turn allowed MCA to portray itself as both "protector and defender" of the community.
"The recent attack against Kuok, led by Nazri, reflects the ruling coalition's desperation to remain in power, at all costs," he said in a statement yesterday.
Describing Nazri as a "loose cannon," Phang said it was wrong for "power-crazy" politicians to "inflict chaos" and cause harm to the nation to fulfil their agendas.
In view of this, Phang urged Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak to remove Nazri from his cabinet.
Remain calm, Chinese urged
As for the Chinese community, Phang urged them to remain calm and not to overreact to provocations.
"In fact, the best way to punish this bunch of unscrupulous politicians is to vote them out in the coming general election," he said.
Since late February, several Umno supreme council members, including Nazri, have criticised Kuok for allegedly bankrolling DAP and news portal The Malaysian Insight.
The allegations first surfaced in a series of articles on the Malaysia Todayportal operated by fugitive Raja Petra Kamarudin.
The articles have since been removed at the request of the Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC).
Although Kuok has denied funding DAP, the issue has led to Nazri and MCA engaging in a protracted verbal feud.
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