4 November 2008
Press Statement by Wanita MCA National Chairman Datin Paduka Chew Mei Fun
Wanita MCA National Chairman, Datin Paduka Chew Mei Fun expressed her disappointment over Selangor Menteri Besar YAB Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim's decision to finally bow down to pressure from UMNO and PAS; that is, after Sdri. Low Siew Moi's contract ends, the position of Acting General Manager of Selangor State Development Corporation (PKNS) will be filled up by a Bumiputra candidate. After Tan Sri Khalid made the announcement that Low's service will end next year, PAS had already recommended 19 candidates to him to fill up her position.
"Khalid should stand firm to his principle to adhere to the criteria of using only 'capability as the main guideline in any selected position regardless of race'. In fact, Pakatan Rakyat always emphasizes a multi-racial approach in governing the country. Thus, there should not be any quotas or limitations on the selection of candidates for any government positions, but rather it should be open to suitable candidates including searching among non-Bumiputra candidates for any government position", Mei Fun reiterated.
"Even though Low had reached the retirement age and her contract had been extended to serve the state government, however there are certain PAS and UMNO leaders who question her capabilities to helm PKNS. Their actions serves only to cover up their racial mindset," she added.
Mei Fun then questioned whether the appointment of any government position should be in accordance with one's capabilities or adhering strictly to a Bumiputera quota.
On another matter, referring to the statement made by Pakatan Rakyat's de facto leader, YB Dato' Seri Anwar Ibrahim who expressed that Pakatan Rakyat had agreed to select Malay professionals to fill up the related position, Mei Fun urged Selangor DAP leaders to state their stand over Anwar's statement.