Malaysia’s governing coalition is in an uproar after a Malaysian political leader warned the Chinese minority not to emulate the behavior of Jews in America. Ahmad Ismail, told the Chinese minority in the nation: “I urge the Chinese not to become like the Jewish in America, where it is not enough that they control the economy, but they also want to dominate politics.” He added in threatening tones: “consider this a warning from the Malays. The patience of the Malays has a limit. Do not push us against the wall, for we will b e forced to turn back and push the Chinese for our own survival.” Gerakan, an ethnic Chinese-based party, has announced it was leaving the coalition government.
Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawai is furious at the remarks which have fractured his coalition. He is engaged in a fierce fight over power with opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim and the last thing he needs is to create problems with the Chinese ethnic minority. Chinese and Indian minorities who constitute about 40% of the population are demanding greater access to power in government and the Malays are hesitant to give them much power.