Gesaan Malaysia diuji negatif untuk perkauman (Malay/English)

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[ENGLISH VERSION BELOW] Pusat Komas mengajak semua rakyat Malaysia untuk menolak penyakit dan toksik perkauman yang dimainkan oleh parti-parti politik berasaskan kaum dan agama.

Tanggal 21 Mac 2020 menandakan Ulang Tahun ke-60 untuk Hari Antarabangsa bagi Penghapusan Diskriminasi Kaum.

Hari yang lahir dari rahim perjuangan anti-apatheid, pejuang penghapusan diskriminasi kaum 60 tahun dahulu menekankan kepentingan perpaduan lebih dari segalanya.

Pergelutan dalam menangani wabak koronavirus telah menyedarkan semua warga manusia bahawa keberlangsungan hidup kita adalah sesuatu yang mungkin apabila seluruh jiwa dan raga kita disalurkan kepada pembinaan generasi melalui nilai-nilai kebersamaan (inklusif).

Di Malaysia masyarakat dari pelbagai peringkat telah diselubungi perasaan resah, takut, sakit dan ketidaktentuan semenjak beberapa bulan yang lepas akibat dari koronavirus.

Pejuang-pejuang barisan hadapan seperti doktor, pekerja kesihatan, pekerja kebersihan dan ramai lagi, dengan hanya berbekalkan topeng muka dan pakaian perlindungan, bertarung nyawa menyelamatkan pesakit-pesakit tanpa mengambil kira identiti mahupuan kepercayaan para pesakit.

Pengorbanan mereka ini tidak lain, hanya untuk memastikan keselamatan nyawa kita supaya kita dapat terus berhubung dengan orang tersayang.

Sementara dunia mengalami kepahitan serangan wabak dan bencana alam, pejuang barisan hadapan mengingatkan kita bahawa darah yang mengalir di dalam badan kita adalah sama, berwarna merah, manakala virus pula menyerang tanpa memilih mana-mana etnik atau kumpulan agama.

Waktu yang mencabar ini memerlukan manusia mengenepikan dan seterunya menghapuskan secara keseluruhan, fahaman yang memartabatkan ketuanan satu-satu etnik atau agama.

Sesungguhnya sejarah telah membuktikan bahawa pelbagai bentuk virus telah berjaya dirawat dan dihapuskan, namun pada masa yang sama juga, virus perkauman terus kekal membiak ganas dan menjangkiti sunnatullah kepelbagaian etnik berabad lamanya.

Oleh yang demikian, kami mengajak semua rakyat Malaysia untuk menolak penyakit dan toksik perkauman yang dimainkan oleh parti-parti politik berasaskan kaum dan agama yang, tanpa ragu-ragu, mampu membunuh dan menghancurkan kemanusian dengan lebih dahsyat apabila dibandingkan dengan mana-mana virus yang wujud.

Kita perlu memahami bahawa alam semulajadi kini sedang memberikan kita peringatan untuk menerima satu sama lain dan bangkit melangkau perbezaan etnik dan agama.

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Buat julung kalinya, kita mendengar jejak suara alam dan berkerja keras sehingga kita mampu dengan bangganya melaungkan kepada dunia bahawa kita adalah sebuah negara yang bebas dari perkauman.

Pusat Komas

English version

Unity amid coronavirus – A call for Malaysia to test negative for racism

Pusat Komas calls on al Malaysians to discard the toxic disease of racism perpetuated primarily by race and religion-based political parties.

The date 21 March 2020 marks the 60th International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.

Born from the anti-apartheid struggle, the spirit of non-discrimination emanated by the martyrs 60 years ago is stressing the need for unity more than ever before.

Grappling with the worldwide coronavirus pandemic has caused the entire human race to realise that our existence and sustainability would be made possible when our collective strength is invested to build a strong generation by embodying virtues of inclusivity.

In Malaysia people from all walks of life are similarly exposed to this frightening virus, and the feeling of fear, pain and uncertainty has wrapped our emotions over the past few months.

The frontline doctors, health workers, cleaners and others, shielded by masks and suits, are risking their lives to save their fellow human beings without dissecting the identity or religious beliefs of their patients. However, they are putting their personal lives in danger just to ensure we all can walk again freely on the streets and be able to physically connected with our loved ones.

As the world bitterly experiences disease and natural disasters, this period reminds us that our blood runs red whereas our weaknesses and vulnerabilities are open to viruses, without racial or religious preferences.

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The testing times of today demand that humankind sideline and gradually erase notions of racial and religious supremacy.

Though historically various viruses have been successfully treated and eradicated, the ‘racism virus’ has nevertheless tenaciously plagued our multi-ethnic composition for centuries.

Henceforth, we call on our fellow Malaysians to discard the toxic disease of racism perpetuated primarily by race and religion-based political parties that are unequivocally fatalistic to humanity than any other viruses ever existed.

Let us be reminded that mother nature is emitting signals for us to embrace one another and rise beyond tangible distinctions of race and religion. For once, we shall pay heed to her voice and work hard so that we can proudly call ourselves a nation that has been tested negative for racism.

Last, but not least, Pusat Komas wishes everyone a Happy International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.

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Ravinder Singh
29 Mar 2020 5.51pm

“Pusat Komas calls on all Malaysians to discard the toxic disease of racism perpetuated primarily by race and religion-based political parties”.
First, the top political leaders must stop addressing the non-Malays perojatively using the terms “pendatang”, “pendatang asing” or the like. The previous Prime Minister, addressing the Malay Dignity Congress a few months back, was seen and heard forcefully referring to the non-Malays as “orang asing” who should be grateful, he said, for having been allowed to stay in this country. In his book ‘The Malay Dilemma’ (1970) he used the word “pendatang”.
When top leaders “legalise” the use of such terms by themselves using them, they encourage and perpetuate racism. ILLEGALISE USING SUCH WORDS.