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Stop unhealthy racial polarisation, says ex-envoy

Hafiz Yatim     Published     Updated     14

Former diplomat Noor Farida Ariffin warned that Malaysia could become a failed state, if politicians do not stop the unhealthy practice of threatening others or inciting racial polarisation.
The Group of Eminent Malays (G25) spokesperson said the country needed politicians who would not cause disunity.
“If politicians do not stop unhealthy actions, we will end up as a failed state. Please have the future of our country and rakyat at heart.
“There must be mutual tolerance with one another in order for the country to remain prosperous,” she said, adding it was the politicians who were destroying the country.
The ball, Noor Farida, who is a spokesperson of G25, a group of moderate eminent Malays, said is in the politicians’ court to create mutual understanding and tolerance.
She pointed out that the reason that the ruling party is seen to be more racist is due to them losing the two-thirds majority, where they did not get the support of the Chinese and the urban Malays.
“Hence, they look at the rural areas which is considered their fixed deposit to create this,” she said.
Noor Farida speaking at a conference in Kuala Lumpur titled ‘Nation Building, Unity and the Malaysian Dream: Yesterday, today and tomorrow’ added because of the red-shirt protesters, she was late in arriving.
“We have a lot of rent-a-mob protesters who are paid by certain quarters. They deliberately want to provoke,” she remarked.
The former diplomat and Group of Moderate Malays spokesperson also expressed her concern over the shifts in education policy when a new education minister is appointed, and this resulted in a flip-flop in education policies.
“That is why we see more and more parents including Malays are sending their children to international schools. I recently met a community of Malays in London who are professionals, and they said they migrated out of Malaysia out of concern over the Malaysian education system.
“The authorities should take heed of this as this involves the future in general and there is a need for a stable public policy to address this,” she said.
Idris: Peninsular Malaysia more polarised
Former Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Idris Jala said there was no racial polarisation when he worked in Shell, but he noticed that peninsular Malaysia is much more polarised than in Sarawak.
Idris (photo) said there is a need for Malaysians to tolerate one another and accept our differences.
He added that the saddest part when Malaysians go abroad, they stick to their own flock among Malaysians, whereas they could have connected or became part of the global community.
The former minister, who had just returned from a pilgrimage to Jerusalem, said he had visited a Jordanian church where there is no problem of the Christians there using the words ‘Allahu Akbar’ (God is great) but we have sensitivities here where states have laws barring Christians from propagating to Muslims.
He said the problem with Malaysians is that they are engrossed in self-adulation and they should wake up.
“We do not find the Koreans nor the Japanese doing that (self-adulation). We are proud in proclaiming that we are Malaysians, but we do not celebrate the differences,” he said, adding that freedom of religion is enshrined in the constitution.
Idris said he had helped formulate the 10-point solution for Sabah and Sarawak Christians, which he thinks is still relevant today and details the fine line of what the locals there can do.
Bukit Bendera MP Zairil Khir Johari said he defended the Pakatan Rakkyat government despite the differences with PAS, but today we witnessed the birth of a new party, Parti Amanah Negara, which he feels would help build a stronger opposition.

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Don't go soft on racists, Johor sultan tells authorities

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Johor Sultan Ibrahim Ismail Iskandar has urged the authorities not to be soft on racists or be biased when it comes to such issues.
“To the authorities, do not take a soft approach against haters and racists, do not be biased, get to the root of the problem, and apprehend those who create racial disharmony problems here in Johor Darul Ta’zim," he said in a Facebook posting today.
The monarch reiterated that there was no place for hatred and racism in Johor.
"Anyone who creates disharmony and spreads hatred here by promoting racism, will have to deal with me personally. Take this a warning.
"If anyone who want to practice hatred and racism in Johor Darul Ta’zim, the home of the Malays, Chinese and Indians - Bangsa Johor, please leave Johor immediately. That is an order," he added.
Sultan Ibrahim said he and his ancestors had worked hard in cooperation with the state government and Johoreans to make the state a better place and ensure its people live in harmony and togetherness.
“This is not the stone age, do not be ungrateful, the Malays, Chinese and Indians, all played their part, Johor Darul Ta’zim is home to the Malays, Chinese and Indians, they are Bangsa Johor.
"As their ruler, it’s my responsibility to see my subjects live in harmony, and my subjects are always my priority," he said.


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