Saturday, October 11, 2008

Why do we need a Race Relations Act now?

After 51 years of independence and our citizens had lived together in a most harmonious culture and Malays, Chinese, Indians, Sikhs, Kadazans, Muruts, etc has been working alongside each other to ensure our naunity is preserved strongly.

So, why do we need a Race Relations Act (RRA) now after 51 years of nationhood? What was this Act actually for? We all Malaysians has been very matured on national unity and the importance of preserving these unique multi-racial, multi-religious and multi-cultural society.

The main problem of those provocation today came from Umno itself. Umno a greater and dominant member of the Barisan Nasional coalition was indeed a bad example in our nation today with their most popular racist slogans and jargons like "ketuanan", "perkasa", "kegemilangan" and so on which focused only on one particular race where they claimed to be the champion of.

There is nothing wrong on the other communities here, but it is Umno and its leader who had all these while created and provoked the entire situation into a disunity content. So, why put the blame on the entire community in the nation just because of the racist provocation enlarged by only Umno?

Remember, when former Bukit Bendera Umno division chairman Ahmad Ismail called the Chinese as temporary citizens or squatters, and the journalist who reported Ahmad Ismail's statement. Why was the journalist being detained under the ISA instead of Ahmad who was the actual trouble maker? Why wasn't Ahmad being detained instead for his aggresive and terror response onto the Chinese community?

Can you imagine, a person who made a police report on a murder case was arrested instead of the murderer! Thus, the journalist detention has became a laughing stock when it happened. Every country around us had branded our nation as a mere joker.

So what is the purpose of the RRA now? What are the mechanism to generate an effective RRA?We do not have any problem in our ethnic relations at all but its was actually only Umno who is suffering from such problem. Its was Umno who needed the "medical attention" and not we Malaysians.

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