KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 27 – Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi charmed Wanita MCA members and other guests at a dinner event tonight when he told them in Mandarin that “we are a family despite being different races”. “I am Malay, you are Chinese. But we are all Malaysians. We are a family,” he said.
He said this in Mandarin at the beginning of his speech at the Wanita MCA Excellence Award Night and Women’s Day celebration dinner in Seri Kembangan, near here. The remark was greeted with rousing applause from approximately 1,000 guests comprising past and present female leaders in various fields, as well as representatives from various non-governmental organisations.
At the event, the deputy prime minister also presented awards to six outstanding Chinese women including former Tourism Minister and MCA Vice-President Tan Sri Dr Ng Yen Yen and Malaysia and Asia’s first MiG-29 female fighter pilot Mejar Patricia Yapp Syau Yinn. Also present were MCA president Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai and Wanita MCA chief Datuk Heng Seai Kie. — Bernama