Pusat KOMAS is disgruntled and dumbfounded with the recurring theme of, which exploits, race and religion that tailors irresponsible messages signaling as if the Malay-Muslims are threatened by the other ethnic groups in Malaysia.
The union of political leaders from all sides, non-governmental organisations, varsity students and the Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohammad at the Kongres Maruah Melayu under the umbrella of race and religion appears to be unhealthy and destructive to the development of an inclusive Malaysia. At the congress, resolutions of five different clusters were presented and handed to Dr. Mahathir – categorised into education, religion, economy, politics and culture.
As a multiracial country, Pusat KOMAS feels the congress was detrimental to the process of nation-building as the contents were further articulating divisiveness amongst Malaysians through racist ideologies, racial and religious supremacy which renders unwarranted opportunities to stoke hatreds, as well as fear.
Recommendations which emphasise and aims to protect the growth and welfare of a single ethnic community mirrors biased and prejudiced practices of bigotry despite of having different segments of people living in poverty. Reflecting Islam and Federal Constitution, Redhuan Oon, a former PAS member says Islam forbids any sort of “special and privileged” treatment of any kind or any particular class of society. He further commended Islam for forbidding the encroachment on the rights of any ethnic minority with respect to its language, culture and religion.
Malaysia as a nation which, in the words of Dr. Mahathir; “a staunch supporter of the anti-apartheid cause and followed with concern the struggle of the people of South Africa for freedom and democracy,” shall not revive what was supposed to be a decayed mode of politics.
Our independence and formulation of Malaysia was to proliferate, besides harnessing the harmonic relationship through the conscious sharing of the nation’s economic prosperity. Noting the paramount findings of UN Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty Philip Alston, Malaysian government should begin its proactive steps in closing the economic cleavages between the rich and poor as its most prioritised agenda rather than dodging to domineering identity politics.
New Malaysia, as it claims to be, which seen the dawn after 61 years must completely leap away from repeating the grave mistakes of the past regime and not by pawning the future of fellow Malaysians.
9th October 2019