Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said the BN government always championed for the rights of the Indian community in the country, including providing allocations for the development of schools as well as establish the Malaysian Indian Blueprint (MIB).
“Don’t listen to people saying bad things about us (BN government). I ask that we all be united, one heart in supporting the government of the day that can help the whole nation, people and religion.
“I am confident when the polytechnics, community colleges, Mara Junior Science Colleges, many halls are built here (Bagan Datuk), I am sure they (opposition) will come. They will say this (development) is not good and only they are good,” he said.
He said this when speaking at an event with the Indian community of Rungkup state assembly in conjunction with Ponggal 2018 celebration here today.
Ahmad Zahid, who is also Bagan Datuk Member of Parliament, said the Indian community should also support Perak Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Zambry Abd Kadir for having helped them tremendously.
He said the BN government had always respected all the multi-racial celebrations in the country, including the Ponggal festival being celebrated by the Indian community to prove that Malaysia is a harmonious country.
“Ponggal means harvest festival. Even though there is no paddy in Bagan Datuk, we celebrate it out of respect for the various races.
“We live in Malaysia, we have Chinese, Indians, there are Indonesians whose country is Malaysia. We must love Malaysia,” he added.