Deputy Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin, however, said as far as he is concerned it is Malay FIRST.
The Umno deputy president said if he called himself Malaysian first, he would be shunned by his own race.
"How can I say I'm Malaysian first and Malay second?” he asked. “All the Malays would shun me... and it's not proper.”
Earlier today, Lim said Muhyiddin should resign if he is not prepared to declare that in accordance with 1Malaysia goal, he is Malaysian first and Malay second.
However, DAP MP Lim Kit Siang, who declared himself Malaysian first and Chinese second.e.
The three acid tests for Muhyiddin were:
- Whether he agrees to the establishment of an opposition-headed Parliamentary Select Committee on 1Malaysia;
- Is he prepared to declare that the basis of 1Malaysia is 'ketuanan rakyat' and not 'ketuanan Melayu'; and
- Is he prepared to endorse the objective of 1Malaysia as defined by the 1Malaysia Government Transformation Programme (GTP) Roadmap to create a nation where every Malaysian perceives himself or herself as Malaysian first, and by race, religion or region second.
- Whether he is prepared to declare that the basis of the Malaysian Constitution is ketuanan rakyat and not ketuanan Melayu?
“Muhyiddin must be a very desperate politician that he had to make such a baseless charge, as I had refuted the allegation that I opposed Article 153 of the Constitution.
Isn’t Muhyiddin’s refusal to make such a declaration the best proof that he does not fully support Najib’s 1Malaysia concept?”