Swapping Of Seats In Line With Changing Political Scenario, Says Shafie

KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 12 – The willingness of the MCA and MIC to swap seats allocated to these parties by the Barisan Nasional (BN) in the next general election shows that party members realise that they are now in a different political environment.

UMNO vice-president, Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal said what was important was that party members must uphold the principle that BN must win the 13th general election by fielding candidates who were truly of calibre.

“We must ensure that BN has candidates who can win and that they must not necessarily come from a particular party. We must not insist that ‘they must be from our party’, we must go beyond that because the situation has changed.

“We must not insist that this is our seat, our tradition, if we don’t change we may not be successful,” he told reporters after launching the Design Summit Meeting 2011 of the Design Development Centre (DDEC), here today.

Mohd Shafie, who is also the Minister of Rural and Regional Development, was commenting on the statement by MCA president Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek yesterday supporting the statement by MIC president Datuk G. Palanivel who was prepared to swap seats to ensure a bigger victory for the BN in the next general election.

In another development, Mohd Shafie said the subject, history, must be taught through a more creative and innovative approach to ensure that not only school students, but the whole Malaysian population too were keen to appreciate history correctly.

“We must be creative in introducing history not only at the schools but also stage exhibitons, for example, so that history could be conveyed to the people in an interesting and clear manner,” he said.

On the manipulation of historical facts by certain parties, he said the historical facts on the country were correct but a particular group could not accept them because the (independence) fighters then were from UMNO.

“As Tunku Abdul Rahman was the UMNO president at that time, they did not want to accept it although this is a fact,” he added.

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