Nationhood will crumble if the people are obsessed with ‘race’

Malaysia will only progress and thrive if we treasure and protect its diversity

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The call to amend Malaysia’s Federal Constitution to allow only a Malay Muslim to be the prime minister has been feverishly debated. 

The Malaysian Bar has eloquently and succinctly expressed the dangers of any such move gaining traction within political party blocs and the masses. 

The claim by a former PM that only Malay Muslims will be prime ministers because they are in the majority reveals a chauvinistic mentality. 

Malaysia is a multicultural country. The Federal Constitution guarantees the rights of all citizens irrespective of race, religion, status and gender. 

You cannot build a nation by amending the Federal Constitution in a way that will divide the people into racial classes โ€“ ie into a ‘special class’ and ‘second class’ citizenry. 

To do so would be tantamount to destroying the democratic status of the country. The meaning and value of citizenship is destroyed if we choose to walk down this dangerous, divisive path of exclusivity. 

If Malaysia entrenches a race-led leadership, it will lose its multicultural talent and capabilities. The country will sink and turn into an ultra-extremist authoritarian state. 

We are fortunate to have a constitutional monarch who ensures a much-needed balance to take the country forward. 

The prime minister must spell out a permanent and resolute end to this race-based madness, which has spread like cancer in our midst. 

Malaysia will only progress and thrive if we treasure and protect our diverse society. 

If we turn into an apartheid system – in any form or by any means โ€“ it will destroy that which we hold dear.  

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Orang Ulu
Orang Ulu
8 Jan 2024 9.04pm

Will not end with that Namak Apanama as round.

Dr SnMn
Dr SnMn
8 Jan 2024 1.33pm

Again, a good piece.For the future survivability and manifestation of a harmonious and diverse Malaysian nationhood, we just need to be forward-looking and common-sensical about our nation’s political realities.1. Govt. today needs to be very firm with adults to talk about the preeminence of a single race. The Constitution avails to back up the above.Educate such people. Go on a mass media-based communication programme to help the Malay public esply, to understand, going Forward, 2. School the young in good Nationhood Values. Train,monitor the Sch heads, teachers, parents seriously in the above, 3. Have constant monitoring, upgrading n appropriately emulate other nations in similar situations.4.Let US BELIEVE Msia will be united,stable.

Raymond Rayan
Raymond Rayan
7 Jan 2024 7.47am

I will have to wholeheartedly agree with you. Look at the current state of our country with the politicians being devious in trying to split the once harmonious country with calls for racial segregation. Its a very, very dangerous route for the nation political ambition of some politicians and bureaucrats which ultimately destroy what for forefathers and founders have created.

Stephen Nah
Stephen Nah
6 Jan 2024 9.06pm

Fully support your.Statement. JD