PETALING JAYA: MCA has paid tribute to security personnel protecting the nation's sovereignty, describing them as exemplary Malaysians deserving of respect and gratitude from everyone.
Party president Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek stressed that stability above chaos was of paramount importance.
“Our hearts and prayers are with our uniformed men who are still in Lahad Datu to drive out our enemies. Each one of them deserves the badge of honour,” he said.
Dr Chua called on Malaysians not to take peace for granted as a nation without unity would give rise to social unrest and economic uncertainties.
He added that MCA would donate RM16,000 to the families of the eight security personnel killed during the Sulu attacks in the east coast of Sabah.
He said each family would receive RM2,000 as part of the party's token of gratitude to the security personnel who died while protecting the country from terrorists.
“Our heartfelt sympathies go to the bereaved family of our heroes who sacrificed their lives so that other Malaysians are kept safe from the threat of the terrorists,” he said in a statement.
Dr Chua also ticked off politicians who made unfounded accusations while the armed forces were defending the nation.
“It is during times of crisis that we see the true colours of these politicians who are out to score political points.
“We should give blessings and support to our brave men from the security forces. It is not about politics but about protecting our nation's sovereignty,” he said.
In singling out PKR vice-president Tian Chua for his “Umno conspiracy” statement last Friday, Dr Chua said such politicians had gone overboard and infringed the perimeters of social decorum by stooping so low.
“There is no room for unfounded accusations or contemptuous and callous remarks,” he said.
In a statement to KeadilanDaily.com, Tian Chua had said the shooting incident in Lahad Datu was an “Umno government conspiracy to divert attention and frighten the people”.
His remarks ignited a storm of condemnation.
Dr Chua also hoped Opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim would explain to Malaysians that he has no involvement in the attacks, as alleged by some foreign media.
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