Pernyataan solidariti “Katakan TIDAK kepada rasisme!”

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Projek Malaysia menyeru semua kumpulan dan individu yang menaruh keyakinan terhadap Malaysia yang inklusif untuk mendukung suatu pesan solidariti dan “katakan tidak kepada rasisme!”

Mengiktiraf bahawa Malaysia adalah sebuah negara yang mempunyai ciri sejarah yang kaya dengan nilai kepelbagaian kaum, agama dan budaya yang harmoni, kami:

  • bimbang terhadap meningkatnya sentimen ras, kaum dan bangsa dalam arena politik Malaysia,
  • gelisah dengan kadar tumpuan positif yang diberikan kepada perspektif rasis oleh akhbar media,
  • tertekan dengan kemunculan pertubuhan eksklusif rasis ultra-nasionalis yang menyamar sebagai pejuang bangsa,
  • risau terhadap penyalahgunaan agama yang memberi alasan untuk amalan rasis dan politik anti-demokrasi,
  • kecewa dengan penindasan yang berterusan ke atas kelompok minoriti di atas nama agama,
  • sedih terhadap ketiadaan konsepsi yang inklusif dalam penakrifan identiti rakyat Malaysia
  • prihatin terhadap tiadanya usaha yang jitu untuk menghasilkan satu wacana yang kritis, ilmiah dan bermakna ke arah membahas nilai kepelbagaian rakyat Malaysia yang berbilang budaya, agama dan kepercayaan,

Dan menyedari bahawa sungguhpun terdapat perbezaan yang nyata antara budaya yang pelbagai di Malaysia, namun nilai keamanan, toleransi, tolak ansur, kefahaman dan pengiktirafan cara hidup antara satu sama lain merupakan langkah pertama yang diperlukan bagi mencapai matlamat yang lebih besar ke arah membangunkan potensi Malaysia sebagai sebuah demokrasi yang sihat.

Oleh itu, kami, penama di bawah, menuntut supaya amalan politik rasis di Malaysia dihapuskan melalui langkah berikut:

  1. Hentikan politik rasis.
  2. Hentikan eksploitasi media di Malaysia untuk menyebar agenda rasis.
  3. Hentikan penyalahgunaan agama untuk mengabsahkan politik rasis.
  4. Hentikan penindasan terhadap kelompok minoriti agama.
  5. Bebaskan semua tahanan di bawah akta-akta kejam yang dikerah bersandarkan alasan untuk menjamin keselamatan negara dan keamanan antara kaum.
  6. Berdialog ke arah menggagaskan prospek keamanan yang diperlukan untuk mendirikan Malaysia yang majmuk dan lebih inklusif untuk semua.
  7. Kami juga mendesak supaya kerajaan Malaysia meratifikasi ICERD (International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination ataupun Persetujuan Antarabangsa Untuk Menhapuskan Segala Jenis Diskriminasi Rasial) untuk menunjukkan keazaman mereka dalam melawan rasisme dan membina satu Malaysia yang inklusif.
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Semua manusia terikat dengan nilai kemanusiaan yang sejagat. Justeru kami menyeru semua kumpulan, badan-badan pertubuhan bukan kerajaan, pertubuhan pelajar, parti politik dan individu yang menaruh keyakinan terhadap Malaysia yang inklusif untuk mendukung pesan solidariti ini.

English:

The Projek Dialog declaration on national solidarity: “Say NO to racism!”

Recognising that Malaysia is a nation with a rich history of multi-ethnic, multi-religious and multicultural harmony and coexistence, we are:

  • alarmed at the rise of communal and racist sentiments in Malaysian politics,
  • troubled at the rate of positive attention given to racist perspectives by the news media,
  • distressed at the emergence of exclusive ethnocentric ultra-nationalist organisations masquerading as patriots,
  • disturbed at the abuse of religion to legitimise racist and anti-democratic politics,
  • dismayed at the continuous persecution of religious minorities,
  • saddened by the continued absence of an inclusive conception of Malaysian identity,
  • concerned about the lack of sustained attempts to foster real and meaningful conversations about diversity across Malaysians of varying cultures, religions and beliefs,

And acknowledging that despite the real differences that may stand between Malaysia’s many cultures, the values of peace, tolerance, understanding, appreciation and recognition of each other’s way of life is a necessary first step to attain the larger goal of making Malaysia a truly flourishing democracy.

Therefore, we, the undersigned, demand an end to racism in Malaysia via the following:

  1. End racist politics.
  2. End the political and racial exploitation of Malaysian news media to promote racist agendas. The promotion of racism contradicts media freedom.
  3. End the abuse of religion to legitimise racism.
  4. End the persecutions of religious minorities.
  5. Release all detainees held unjustly under draconian measures that are put in place on the false basis of national security and inter-communal peace.
  6. Dialogue towards envisioning a peaceful and more inclusive Malaysia for all.
  7. Last but not least we call for the Malaysian government to ratify ICERD (International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination) to show their seriousness in combating racism and building a more inclusive Malaysia.
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All human beings are bound together by a common humanity. We thus call upon all groups, non-governmental organisations, student organisations, political parties and individuals who envision an inclusive Malaysia to endorse this message of solidarity.

Ditandantagani oleh rakyat Malaysia dengan sokongan/Signed by Malaysians with the support of:

Aliran
All Women’s Action Network
#Better Penang
Borneo Youth Revolution
Buku Jalanan
BRIMAS (Borneo Resources Institute)
Center for Independent Journalism
CRIPS (Centre for Rights of Indigenous People of Sarawak)
Center for Policy Initiatives
Christian Federation of Malaysia (Persekutuan Kristian Malaysia)
Civil Rights Committee, KL-Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall
Community Action Network (chapter of Pax Romana – the International
Catholic Movement for Intellectual and Cultural Affairs)
Council of Churches Malaysia (Youth)
Diskopi
Friends in Conversation
Islamic Renaissance Front
Kelompok Mas Joko Dan Rakan-Rakan
Lawyers for Liberty
LABS (Legasi Ahmad Boestamam, Burhanuddin al-Helmy dan Pak Sako)
LEAP (Land, Empowerment, Animals, People)
Lim Lian Geok Cultural Development Center
Loka Mitta Buddhist Fellowship Malaysia
The Micah Mandate
Oriental Hearts and Minds Study Institute
PACOS Trust (Partners of Community Organization)
Persatuan Sahabat Wanita Selangor (PSWS)
Perak Women for Women Society
Pusat Komas
Sisters in Islam
Saya Anak Bangsa Malaysia (SABM)
Suaram
Women’s Aid Organization
Writer Alliance for Media Independence (WAMI)
Young Buddhists Association of Malaysia
Youth Prep Centre

*For organisations who would like to be listed here, please contact editor@projekdialog.com

Projek Dialog adalah suatu projek kemajuan sosial yang ingin memajukan debat dan persefahaman antara pelbagai suku kaum dan agama di Malaysia. Kunjungilah laman web initiatif ini.

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