Kuala Lumpur: Malaysian Deputy Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin insists he was not being racist when he said he was Malay first and Malaysian second.
Yassin said he was merely evaluating the position of the Malay race in society, and stressed there was no need for him to be apologetic.
“Although there are some who label me an ultra for saying that I am Malay first, I am no racist,” The Star quoted Yassin, as saying.
Yassin, who is also the Education Minister, further said there is still a lot of room for improvement of the country’s education system, not just for Malays, but for all Malaysians.
“Even if we address problems on a need basis, the target group that we cannot neglect is the majority (the Malays),” he added.