Racism must be rejected by the people

by Ravinder Singh
The Malaysian Insider

MAY 1 — Actions speak louder than words. BN’s words splattered all over the landscape proclaim 1Malaysia, which people have been made to believe is about all races and religions living as one big family while practicing their own religions and cultures. However, its recent actions show the hidden agenda behind the facade. The ugly head of racism has been put up for all to see.

The appearance of BN billboards with the extremely racist message “Do you want to see your grandchildren praying in this Allah’s house?” is something all peace-loving Malaysians of all racial and religious backgrounds must condemn. I’m sure many Malays too do not condone this racial bigotry of stirring up racial feelings for the sake of winning elections.

Such billboards could not have gone up if the head of the BN had firmly given instructions that religious and racial issues were not to be used for campaigning. On the contrary, that BN campaigners have boldly put up such boards is evidence that they have the tacit blessings of their head and of personalities such as Dr. M and Ibrahim Ali of Perkasa to whom 1Malaysia means 1 race, 1 religion, 1 language and 1 culture. Dr M had not minced his words when saying that other races in a country must assimilate and become one with the main race and religion in the country.

It was the head of the BN who had proclaimed that he and his party would defend Putrajaya at all costs, even with crushed bodies and broken bones. So are they hoping to bring about crushed bodies and broken bones by stirring up racial and religious strife?

This shows the hypocrisy of the BN leaders, particularly the head of the BN. Could Najib please tell Malaysians whether Malays had never attended Christian Mission Schools in the past, and if they did, how many were converted to Christianity?

To my knowledge, many of the UMNO people themselves, some of whom became leaders of the country, and many other Malays who became top civil servants or some big guys in the private sector, had had their education in the Christian mission schools in Malaysia. Those Malays who attended school overseas, particularly the UK, did not attend Islamic schools but Christian schools. How many of them became Christians?

I can vouch for it that the missionary teachers in schools never tried to convert any non-Christians to become Christians, and neither did any Malay children in these schools convert to Christianity although they were exposed to Christianity daily for the many years they were in these schools.

Having spent the first three years in a Malay school, many of my Malay classmates and I moved to a Christian missionary school (the only English medium school in the district at that time) to continue our education in English. We were put in a special stream as we did not know a word of English though we were in Std. 4. The class was known as Special Malay One, or SM1. Following year, SM2, then Std. 6. From form 1 they were mixed with children who had started Std. 1 in English.

These Malay children became proficient both in Malay and English. They did well in life as civil servants, some held very senior positions; some went into the private sector and others into politics. Every morning they had stood respectfully for the Christian prayer to be recited before classes commenced, just like the doa recited in National schools. I don’t know of anyone of them who converted to Christianity. They did not have any negative words for the Christians.

Some politicians have gone too far in condemning others in trying to get support. They are openly and freely breaking the law on racial sensitivities. Leaving alone the man-made law (the Penal Code), can they, as Muslims, show us where in Islam are they allowed to create racial and religious strife between people who are living peacefully. Najib’s silence on this can only mean that he condones what his party members are doing.

Those politicians and parties that do not reject racism, but embrace it for personal purposes, must be rejected by peace-loving Malaysians. Malaysia can only be a better place without such racial bigots in politics in a multi-racial country.

  1. #1 by john on Wednesday, 1 May 2013 - 7:02 pm

    We’re a pathetic lot in this Bolehland created by the Mamak – and since he was able to getaway with it triumphantly, with ONE smartar*e look and attitude eversince. Because of that the RAKYAT has been put on a “monkey show” comes each election. There is no two way about this, like what the C4 is currently doing with the ONE- this, ONE-that and at the end ALL to Hoodwink or just to let him scrap (full of hipocrisy) through to cling to power.
    ONLY way to save this Nation is for PAKATAN RAKYAT to be the next GOVERNMENT of Malaysia ! So, Ini Kali – lah ! UBAH ! by ” A B U ” !

  2. #2 by john on Wednesday, 1 May 2013 - 7:27 pm

    Rascism, Bribery, Corruption, Injustices, Abuses of Power, etc.,,, All have been raging long, loud and deeply in here, Malaysia ! . And how come and why ? all these while ?.
    For example, it has come to this level where you can see banner like ” undi – lah Perdana Menteri ” – is it cos’ he’s the one giving monies away ; and his son appearing on national TVs’ in campaigning messages,,,,,,, ( first no basis at all and second without any SHAME – with BILLIONS at stake, no big deal. Overall, this GE appears to be like ONLY C4 + Family are the ones in election in fact; and that’s besides MaMak with his own self perservations and STOLEN Billions in hand at stake. MaMak is his same old IDIOT ways because so far he gets away with all these Wrongdoings STILL ! .

  3. #3 by cinaindiamelayubersatu on Wednesday, 1 May 2013 - 9:55 pm

    Reject BarisanNajis! Vote PR for a better malaysia

  4. #4 by tuahpekkong on Wednesday, 1 May 2013 - 10:14 pm

    This is the work of people who are desperate. Perhaps they sense that their defeat is imminent. Najib just signed the Election Integrity Pledge 2 ½ months ago with much fanfare and his coterie still had the cheek to challenge the Opposition to sign the Pledge as well. Now the ink had hardly dried and they had forgotten about their pledge altogether. How can we trust these people.?

  5. #5 by good coolie on Wednesday, 1 May 2013 - 11:18 pm

    I heard Indians have forgiven a certain Shah Alam candidate for insulting Hinduism? The poor fellow was once in the dark in his old party, BUT NOW HAS SEEN THE LIGHT OF DAY in his new party. He is truly sorry to have insulted Indians, and now wants Indians’ votes. After the elections, whether he wins or not, he is free to start the insults all over again.

  6. #6 by monsterball on Wednesday, 1 May 2013 - 11:27 pm

    If not race and religion politics…what do you expect Umno b crooks to do and win votes???.
    In 13th GE..Umno b have been exposed ..what they are..who they are…by so many…even from their Umno b members.
    Mahathir is the father of all evils…and his Umno b must be voted out.
    Muslims understand and are ready.

  7. #7 by john on Wednesday, 1 May 2013 - 11:41 pm

    LKS has now come good and proper to refute the slanderous filth heep on him through ” tundra ??? ” ,, and from MSM ? ,,, or some hidden ghost or hidden hand,,, ALL seems to rile , stir sentiments of some segments AND LKS himself included. Hence, LKS now can re-focus not to do their dirty work for them on this issue. Bumno only know how to “fitnah” – ah , the very word I just catched from AI’s ceramah !

  8. #8 by john on Wednesday, 1 May 2013 - 11:45 pm

    above coment #7 meant for following article under LKS. pls. take note, tq.

  9. #9 by Winston on Thursday, 2 May 2013 - 9:38 am

    Don’t we all know the Devil all too well?
    They have been running (ruining) this country for fifty-six years!
    They are all racists, from top to bottom!
    And all through they have become more and more radical as far as race and religion are concerned.
    The whole reason is that they think that if they pander to the major race in this country, they can be kept in power eternally.
    And this will allow them to plunder the wealth of the country at will!
    And they are correct!
    But now even the Malays themselves have come to terms that the government that has so endeared itself to them is the Devil that has been swallowing the wealth that was supposed to be used to upgrade their well being.
    And this awakening is now shown in the support of the PR wherever the party held its political talks.
    As the Chinese saying goes: Hanging up the goat’s head but selling dog’s meat!
    This means showing one thing and doing something entirely different!
    A very apt description of the crooks!

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