In a social media post today the leader of the Chinese dominated DAP party claimed that if Pakatan Harapan wins the Cameron Highlands by-election on Saturday he will convene a conference to make the Orang Asli “full citizens of Malaysians”.
The Orang Asli are the aboriginal or native settlers of Malaysia migrated to the area between 2500 and 1500 BC. It is widely known and accepted that they are the first Malaysians or “bumiputera”.
This is not the first time Kit Siang has insulted the Orang Asli since the campaign for Cameron Highlands by-elections started. Recently he supported claims by PKR senator Bob Manolan that Orang Asli leaders would not be paid if they voted for Barisan Nasional. While Bob Manolan has since apologised, Kit Siang did not.
Barisan Nasional fielding an Orang Asli candidate is strongly looked upon as the likely winner.