KUALA LUMPUR: The Opposition should stop accusing the government of practising politics of hatred, said Barisan Nasional (BN) component party Gerakan.
Gerakan vice-president Datuk Dr Dominic Lau said, with Merdeka Day around the corner, the Opposition should instead make use of the occasion to promote patriotism and national unity.
He said they could learn from BN in ‘walking the talk’, as exemplified by Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Salleh Said Keruak.
Salleh recently instructed for the removal of a scene in the movie ‘Malay Regiment’ which was deemed disparaging to DAP.
"DAP should repent and stop creating animosity and unease just to further their own political agenda. The fierce rivalries between BN and the Opposition should be limited to election campaign periods.
"DAP really need stop politicising issues all the time," said Lau in a statement today.
Previously, DAP advisor Lim Kit Siang had criticised ‘Malay Regiment’ for breeding hate and contempt.
The movie's director and producer, Datuk Jurey Latiff Rosli, had since clarified that the scene was only included in the trailer and not in the actual movie.
The scene depicts a man standing near the Parliament building outside his car bearing the number plate "DAP165".
It is deemed to be a play on the word DAPIGS, a term commonly used to describe DAP by its critics.
The Chinese-majority, social democratic party had been criticised by many as a party that clearly rejects the Muslim leadership and practises a chauvinistic political ideology that feed on shallow racial sentiments.
Jurey said the number plate contained no ulterior message whatsoever.
In the scene, the man also holds a 2005 satirical book by André de Guillaume entitled ‘How to Rule the World: A Handbook for the Aspiring Dictator’, while a voice-over in Chinese says: "We don’t need war. We just need to use our brains to rule the economy".