Wednesday, 23 August 2017

We need to break cycle of racism

( From The Star : We need to break cycle of racism )

- Few people want to give away advantages that they have enjoyed as a result of simply being born into the right race or ethnicity. They also want the same for their family, children and even grandchildren. These are the sins of our fathers and we should do well to leave them behind for the sake of our future.

- Let’s face it: we are all products of racism in this country. Whether it is due to tihe family or communities we grew up in, or the social environment which conttinues to preserve, tolerate and even celebrate racial discrimination, none of us is entirely innocent.

 - It is also rooted in the Malay supremacist mindset which believes that Malaysian citizenship should be withdrawn or withheld from individuals who don’t act or conform to homogenous norms and expectations. We need to continue to call out and condemn such repugnant suggestions and politics which target people because of their race or religion. We must not turn a blind eye. After all, racism begets racism.

Thursday, 3 August 2017

Don’t make Malaysia an Islamic state – Tunku Abdul Rahman

Tunku Abdul Rahman told parliament on May 1, 1958: “I would like to make it clear that this country is not an Islamic state as it is generally understood; we merely provided that Islam shall be the official religion of the state.”

On February 8, 1983 at a gathering to celebrate his 80th birthday, with the headline “Don’t make Malaysia an Islamic state – Tunku”, where he said “the country has a multiracial population with various beliefs. Malaysia must continue as a secular state with Islam as the official religion.”

National University of Singapore’s Hussin Mutalib had interviewed Tunku for his book, “Islam in Malaysia: From Revivalism to Islamic State”. In the interview, Tunku said: “There is no way we should have an Islamic state here... The nature of our political parties, our coalition government, our democracy, and our multiracial life are sufficient foundations which can be used to build a prosperous and peaceful Malaysia. Why must we look to Iran and other Islamic states?”

Look up history books, Malaysia is a secular state
Tunku Abdul Rahman Quotes