Aliran views with grave concern and consternation the bold banner headline that recently ‘graced’ the rabid Utusan Malaysia in an outrageous manner, screaming, ‘What else do the Chinese want?’
It can only be read as being more than simply mischievous; it’s downright provocative.
At a time when the outcome of the recent electoral contest is embroiled in grievances and anger cutting across ethnic and religious lines, it is plain perilous to stoke the dangerous fire of ethnic sentiments. It is a malicious and callous attempt at diverting the public’s attention from the real issues and problems facing the country, such as alleged electoral rigging and corruption.
To add salt to injury, the prime minister himself has gone out of his way to defend this unethical, gutter journalism shamelessly practised by the Umno-owned newspaper. This is especially revolting after he himself had painted the electoral result in ethnic colours when it is not.
We call on right-thinking Malaysians not to be easily baited by such racist chanting from the rabid mainstream media and other media outlets. It is time to show that Malaysians are made of sterner and cleverer stuff compared to these uncouth media to be swayed by their journalistic distortions.
Finally, we urge political leaders not to venture into these choppy waters to fish for allegiance and to consolidate their questionable political position.
Dr Mustafa K Anuar
Honorary Secretary, Aliran
9 May 2013