Skip to comments.Min. labels Umno Penang 'racist' over mosque land allegations [racism and jihad in Malaysia]
Posted on 04/28/2012 8:37:08 PM PDT by Milagros
Guang Eng labels Umno Penang 'racist' over mosque land allegations
By Anisah Shukry
April 04, 2012
[The Malaysian Insider]
KUALA LUMPUR, April 4 - Lim Guan Eng accused Umno Penang today of racism for choosing only to highlight the alleged disposal of land earmarked for mosques in the Bayan Mutiara project.
The Penang chief minister said that if Umno's claims were true and that the land been reclassified in the 102.6-acre sale of Bayan Mutiara to Ivory Property Group Bhd (IPGB), then issue affects both Muslim and non-Muslims.
"Why then is Umno not highlighting that non-Muslim land for religious worship has 'disappeared' but only mosque land?" Lim said in a statement. "Have non-Muslims no value to Umno or no right to have their own land for religious worship?"
"Clearly Umno is taking a very racist and dangerous approach in pitting race against race, religion against religion in their desperate lies to undermine my leadership and the PR state government."
Last week Lim rubbished Umno's claim that the developer of Penang World City in Bayan Mutiara made no provision for mosques, pointing out that the plot has yet to be subdivided.
The Penang chief minister said IPGB will only do the subdivision when it submits development plans for the 41.5-ha real estate to Penang Municipal Council (MPPP).
The DAP secretary-general added that he will take legal action against Umno and Utusan Malaysia for claiming that he had sold off the mosque land, and warned Barisan Nasional (BN) from further stoking religious tension.
Several Umno leaders have also alleged that the Penang government sold the prime real estate at a hefty discount to IPGB following direct negotiations.
They claim that the plot in question was actually worth RM420 psf, much higher than the RM240 psf Penang had sold the land for.
Lim, however, has repeatedly refuted this and instead challenged Umno leaders to furnish proof of their claims.
He pointed out that the land in question had been valued by Penang Development Corp (PDC) at RM84 psf for an 18-acre plot and RM65 psf for an 88-acre plot, as of November 2009.
The Penang chief minister added that he was willing to retire from politics if critics of the deal could prove that the land sale was not done through an open and competitive tender.
Ethno Religious violence especially since the 1969 race riots against non-Malay and the jihad against non-Muslims
Malaysia enthrones new king in lavish ceremony
By M. Jegathesan (AFP) - Apr 10, 2012
The sultan, who stunned many in 2007 by walking two kilometres (1.2 miles) to a football stadium after his official car got stuck in traffic, had urged Malaysians never to repeat deadly 1969 race riots that still haunt the country.
The violence occurred just months before he took the throne as Malaysia's fifth king for a five-year term starting in 1970.
But tensions have increased recently amid rising resentment over a range of racial disputes.
Najib's Malay-dominated ruling coalition is seeking to stave off a rising opposition alliance led by Malay and Chinese parties.
Race and religion are intertwined in politics in Malaysia, where Muslim Malays make up about 60 percent of the 28 million population, followed by large Chinese and Indian minorities.
'Interlok' stirs ethnic, political waters in Malaysia
Los Angeles Times - Apr 7, 2012
Malaysia suffered violent race riots in 1969, and since then its Malay Muslim majority and sizable Indian and Chinese minorities have coexisted uneasily,..
Jihad: the trail of political Islam - Page 88 - Gilles Kepel - I.B.Tauris, 2006 - Religion - 454 pages
Business, Ethnic Tensions, and Islamism in Malaysia In the early 1970s, Malaysia suddenly burst into the front of the Islamic stage. Now, to their amazement, travelers saw large numbers of young Malaysian women favoring the Islamic dress made fashionable on Egyptian campuses over the traditional brightly colored sarongs of Southeast Asia. Mosques, installed with loudspeakers, blared the message of Friday preachers through the streets of Kuala Lumpur, exhorting the faithful to be better Muslims and quoting from the works of Mawdudi. A powerful Islamist movement was clearly under way. Known by the name of Dakwah (from the Arabic dawa, the call to Islam), this movement emerged in earnest after traumatic riots on May 13, 1969.
[The Literature, Culture, and Society of Singapore]
Nov 7, 2002 Singaporean and Malaysian Chinese Women Writers and the Amy Tan-Syndrome
Tamara S. Wagner, Fellow, National University of Singapore
... In many of Amy Tan's novels, the comic descriptions of contemporary culture and generation clashes sit uneasily with the harrowing evocations of the repercussions of World War II in China -- a juxtaposition that we have come to expect from her fiction, and which similarly structures recent novels about Singapore or Malaysia. In Teo's Love and Vertigo, the first person narrator, Grace Tay, juxtaposes the story of her own childhood and youth as an immigrant in Australia with her mother's life in post-war Singapore. The historical plot opens up with the birth of her mother, Pandora Lim, in a scene that contains all the hallmarks of the Amy Tan-syndrome: On an airless, muggy Singapore afternoon in February 1942, women gathered in an open concrete courtyard at the back of a ramshackle, flaking colonial terrace. (21) The historical background is quickly evoked with emphasis on the oppressive atmosphere, the sordid surroundings, and of course with suffering women in the foreground. This childbirth-cum-historical-event is paralleled by a similar juxtaposition of geopolitical upheavals and domestic concerns when Pandora's son is born in Malaysia in May 1969 during the jihad of Malay Muslims, incited by the youth of the United Malay National Organisation, against Malaysian Chinese and Indians. The novel is interestingly peppered with references to historical events as well as to food and the detailed processes of eating -- a common lapse in postcolonial fiction. May 1969, Grace recalls in retrospect, could never be forgotten..
Racism alive and well in Malaysia - Asia Times Online
Mar 24, 2006 Malaysia's ethnic-Chinese community was on the receiving end of the murderous 1969 race riots that prompted former prime minister Mahathir ...
Racism in Malaysia
Mar 26, 2006 Racism Still rife in Malaysia. First survey in 50 years makes dismal ... has enjoyed long periods of peace except for one race riot in 1969.
Between integration and secession: The Muslim Communities of the Southern Philippines, Southern Thailand, and Western Burma/Myanmar - Pages 163-164 - Moshe Yegar - Lexington Books, 2002 - 463 pages
Malaya/Malaysia became a safe haven for their political and military activity. ... the Pan-Malaysian Islamic Party (PMIP), which in 1973 changed its name to Partai Islam se-Malaysia (PAS). PMIP was a strong political force in the Sultanate of Trengganu and in Kelantan where it won the election and remained in power from 1959 until its defeat in 1978. PMIP was composed of orthodox Islamic groups and had a pan-Malay and radical Muslim outlook which spilled over to concern for Malay minorities in neighboring countries. At the time, there was a suspicion that these parties were receiving financial aid from Indonesia. The fact that Muslim separatist organizations in South Thailand had good connections in Kelantan and that they received both material and other kinds of aid there was well known.
The PMIP (or PAS) did not call directly for aid to the separatist organisations. Although the leaders did make efforts on behalf of the separatists, and provided actual assistance, they did so cautiously and clandestinely. PMIP leadership exploited [p. 164] the issue of Malaysian assistance to the separatists as a means of embarrassing the ruling party (UMNO) for not supporting Malay and Islamic interests. The Patani issue was first broached in the Malaysian Parliament by representatives of PMIP. In a speech he made at a political rally in Kelantan May 1969, Da to Muhamad Asri Hajji Muda, the leader of PMIP, called for the establishment of a Malay nation that would be made up of the sultanates of the Malay Peninsula and of the Pattaniregion in South Thailand. It can be assumed that there was a direct connection between such a declaration and the build-up of tension with Chinese Malays in the peninsula which reached its peak in anti-Chinese riots that broke out in Malaysia on 13 May 1969. These events strengthened radical Malay elements in the government of Malaysia and fostered an atmosphere of support for the separatists of South Thailand. The communal riots in Malaysia had a pronounced impact on South Thailand where the separatists declared that they would set off a massive uprising. The Thai government, which regarded the events gravely, immediately began wide-ranging military actions. The 1970s were a period of escalating violence in the southern provinces.
In July 1970, Muhamad Asri wrote an article in The Muslim, a London publication, claiming that the struggle against Thai rule in South Thailand was a holy war (jihad) and was therefore deserving of worldwide Muslim support. An indication of the charged atmosphere which prevailed in Malaysia can be seen in the reaction to the visit of Thailand's prime minister, Field Marshall Thanom Kittikachorn, when he visited Kuala Lumpur in mid-June 1971 . Two thousand Malaysian students demonstrated, protesting the Thai government's uncompromising attitude toward Muslims in the south. The demonstration was organized by the youth wing of the ruling party in Malaysia, the United Malay National Organization (UMNO) and by the National Union of Malaysian Muslim Students (ABIM)...
John R. Malott: The Price of Malaysia's Racism - WSJ.com
Feb 8, 2011
Malaysia's national tourism agency promotes the country as "a bubbling, bustling melting pot of races and religions where Malays, Indians, Chinese and many other ethnic groups live together in peace and harmony." Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak echoed this view when he announced his government's theme, One Malaysia. "What makes Malaysia unique," Mr. Najib said, "is the diversity of our peoples. One Malaysia's goal is to preserve and enhance this unity in diversity, which has always been our strength and remains our best hope for the future."
If Mr. Najib is serious about achieving that goal, a long look in the mirror might be in order first. Despite the government's new catchphrase, racial and religious tensions are higher today than when Mr. Najib took office in 2009. Indeed, they are worse than at any time since 1969, when at least 200 people died in racial clashes between the majority Malay and minority Chinese communities. The recent deterioration is due to the troubling fact that the country's leadership is tolerating, and in some cases provoking, ethnic factionalism through words and actions.
For instance, when the Catholic archbishop of Kuala Lumpur invited the prime minister for a Christmas Day open house last December, Hardev Kaur, an aide to Mr. Najib, said Christian crosses would have to be removed. There could be no carols or prayers, so as not to offend the prime minister, who is Muslim. Ms. Kaur later insisted that she "had made it clear that it was a request and not an instruction," as if any Malaysian could say no to a request from the prime minister's office.
Similar examples of insensitivity abound. In September 2009, Minister of Home Affairs Hishammuddin Onn met with protesters who had carried the decapitated head of a cow, a sacred animal in the Hindu religion, to an Indian temple. Mr. Hishammuddin then held a press conference defending their actions. Two months later, Defense Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi told Parliament that one reason Malaysia's armed forces are overwhelmingly Malay is that other ethnic groups have a "low spirit of patriotism." Under public pressure, he later apologized.
The leading Malay language newspaper, Utusan Melayu, prints what opposition leader Lim Kit Siang calls a daily staple of falsehoods that stoke racial hatred. Utusan, which is owned by Mr. Najib's political party, has claimed that the opposition would make Malaysia a colony of China and abolish the Malay monarchy. It regularly attacks Chinese Malaysian politicians, and even suggested that one of them, parliamentarian Teresa Kok, should be killed.
This steady erosion of tolerance is more than a political challenge. It's an economic problem as well.
Once one of the developing world's stars, Malaysia's economy has underperformed for the past decade. To meet its much-vaunted goal of becoming a developed nation by 2020, Malaysia needs to grow by 8% per year during this decade. That level of growth will require major private investment from both domestic and foreign sources, upgraded human skills, and significant economic reform. Worsening racial and religious tensions stand in the way.
Almost 500,000 Malaysians left the country between 2007 and 2009, more than doubling the number of Malaysian professionals who live overseas. It appears that most were skilled ethnic Chinese and Indian Malaysians, tired of being treated as second-class citizens in their own country and denied the opportunity to compete on a level playing field, whether in education, business, or government. Many of these emigrants, as well as the many Malaysian students who study overseas and never return (again, most of whom are ethnic Chinese and Indian), have the business, engineering, and scientific skills that Malaysia needs for its future. They also have the cultural and linguistic savvy to enhance Malaysia's economic ties with Asia's two biggest growing markets, China and India.
Of course, one could argue that discrimination isn't new for these Chinese and Indians. Malaysia's affirmative action policies for its Malay majority—which give them preference in everything from stock allocation to housing discounts—have been in place for decades. So what is driving the ethnic minorities away now?
First, these minorities increasingly feel that they have lost a voice in their own government. The Chinese and Indian political parties in the ruling coalition are supposed to protect the interests of their communities, but over the past few years, they have been neutered. They stand largely silent in the face of the growing racial insults hurled by their Malay political partners. Today over 90% of the civil service, police, military, university lecturers, and overseas diplomatic staff are Malay. Even TalentCorp, the government agency created in 2010 that is supposed to encourage overseas Malaysians to return home, is headed by a Malay, with an all-Malay Board of Trustees.
Second, economic reform and adjustments to the government's affirmative action policies are on hold. Although Mr. Najib held out the hope of change a year ago with his New Economic Model, which promised an "inclusive" affirmative action policy that would be, in Mr. Najib's words, "market friendly, merit-based, transparent and needs-based," he has failed to follow through. This is because of opposition from right-wing militant Malay groups such as Perkasa, which believe that a move towards meritocracy and transparency threatens what they call "Malay rights."
But stalling reform will mean a further loss in competitiveness and slower growth. It also means that the cronyism and no-bid contracts that favor the well-connected will continue. All this sends a discouraging signal to many young Malaysians that no matter how hard they study or work, they will have a hard time getting ahead.
Mr. Najib may not actually believe much of the rhetoric emanating from his party and his government's officers, but he tolerates it because he needs to shore up his Malay base. It's politically convenient at a time when his party faces its most serious opposition challenge in recent memory—and especially when the opposition is challenging the government on ethnic policy and its economic consequences. One young opposition leader, parliamentarian Nurul Izzah Anwar, the daughter of former deputy prime minister Anwar Ibrahim, has proposed a national debate on what she called the alternative visions of Malaysia's future—whether it should be a Malay nation or a Malaysian nation. For that, she earned the wrath of Perkasa; the government suggested her remark was "seditious."
Malaysia's government might find it politically expedient to stir the racial and religious pot, but its opportunism comes with an economic price tag. Its citizens will continue to vote with their feet and take their money and talents with them. And foreign investors, concerned about racial instability and the absence of meaningful economic reform, will continue to look elsewhere to do business.
Mr. Malott was the U.S. Ambassador to Malaysia, 1995-1998.
Evidence of racism in Malaysia?
December 3rd, 2011 by Greg Lopez
It has been reported that “The Human Rights Foundation Malaysia” (HRFM) has testified before U.S. House Committee on Foreign Affairs and the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission on “Institutional Racism in Malaysia.”
The HRFM is led by P. Waytha Moorthy, one of the founders and leader of the Hindu Rights Action Force (HINDRAF). His brother, P. Uthayakumar, also a founder of HINDRAF is now leader of the Human Rights Party.
The report provides a variety of statistics, news articles, reports, academic articles and anecdotes to demonstrate the scale and depth of the discrimination that non – Muslims face systematically in Malaysia. It pays close attention to the plight of the Malaysian Indian poor, who appears to suffer disproportionately.
The Government of Malaysia would do well to counter these “hard evidence.”
A summary of the report is available here.
The full report titled, ”Institutional Racism and Religious Freedom in Malaysia” provides an interesting view of how embedded racism is in Malaysia.
Malaysia - Dr M calls all Malaysians 'racists' Feb 22, 2012
By Clara Chooi
SHAH ALAM, Feb 22 — Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad labelled all Malaysians “racists” today when responding to accusations against Barisan Nasional (BN) leaders for playing the race card when lobbying for Malay and Chinese support.
The former prime minister shrugged off criticisms, pointing out that it was common for anyone to ignore the interests of others when trying to get their way.
“This country, everybody is racist. Now, everybody talks about his own interest, doesn’t care about other people’s interest.
“So let’s not hide and say we are not racist,” the straight-talking politician told a press conference today.
“All of them, the people who say I’m racist, they are racist because they say I’m racist,” he added, with a smile.
Dr Mahathir was responding to BN’s “doublespeak” regarding the outcome of support for PAS and DAP, following MCA president Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek’s debate with DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng last weekend.
Dr Chua had warned the Chinese community against supporting DAP, claiming a vote for the secular, majority Chinese party would only empower Islamist PAS.
Separately, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak suggested to a gathering of Islamic religious scholars the following day that a vote for PAS would empower DAP, which he implied would be disastrous for Muslims and Islam in Malaysia.
“Even if we vote for that faction, it is the one who sleeps in the same bed with them that will profit,” he said during his luncheon address at “Himpunan Ulama, Cendekiawan Islam dan Penulis Maya” here.
“The Chinese held a debate on ‘Chinese at the crossroads’. Muslims, too, are at a crossroads, more so since the general election is not far off. We must choose, and the one we choose must be able to guarantee the honour and purity Islam.”
Najib’s remarks were later criticised by opposition leaders, who said it showed the prime minister had turned his back on his 1 Malaysia unity pledge for race politics.
“Najib has definitely abandoned all pretences for reform or transformation. It’s back to the old realpolitik of race, religion and money,” PKR strategic director Rafizi Ramli told The Malaysian Insider.
He said it was “amusing” that Barisan Nasional (BN) still resorted to old divide-and-rule tactics in an age where voters have greater access to information, and suggested that the ruling coalition was in “panic mode” as elections loom.
Is This Racism Against Students in Malaysia?
Written by Ibraheem Dooba, Kuala Lumpur Thursday, 19 April 2012 05:00 An uncle enquired at a private college in Malaysia about the possibility of sending his nephew to the college. But the college informed him that they had closed admission for that year. However, an insider told him that was not the true situation; what the college failed to tell him was that they had a new policy of no longer admitting Nigerians. This policy seems to be travelling beyond private colleges and undergraduate degrees. Recently, a Nigerian PhD student had a meeting with his university's registry. At the meeting, he was told that the university would no longer offer places to Nigerians. The PhD student asked if the Nigerians in the university had done something wrong. He was told that on the contrary, they were doing well; however, it's the activities of Nigerians in other places, like Kuala Lumpur, that worried them.
Interestingly, Nigerians, of the many Africans in this university, do well compared to others. Three of them (from both North and South of Nigeria) earned international awards for the university within four months. This fact, although acknowledged by the university, didn't mitigate the blanket ban of Nigerians.
At the same university, a group of Africans from another country had broke into some rooms in the hostels and stole laptops of other students. Although these undergraduate students were deported, no sweeping policy was devised against students from that country.
Nigerians who are the victims of the aforementioned scenario and those who have seen them perpetuated against their compatriots, believe that they were being targeted for no justifiable reason.
The legality of targeting Nigerians is arguable; however, there are certain reasons for these actions.
In its Independence Day edition of 2011, Weekly Trust reported that the Malaysian police chief said Nigerians had taken over the drug business from the Iranians. Also, "Selangor State deputy police chief, Datuk A. Thaiveegan, said penultimate Friday, a 23-year-old Nigerian woman was arrested at KLIA (Kuala Lumpur International Airport) when she tried to bring in 2kg of syabu (Amphetamine) worth RM500,000 (N26 million) in her luggage. Two days before, on 21 September, three Nigerian men were arrested in a hotel with drugs worth N13 million. And four days before that, on 17 September, another Nigerian woman was arrested at KLIA with drugs worth N40 million concealed in 600 sticks of lip gloss. This brings a total of Nigerians arrested in one week to five with N79 million worth of drugs."
That wave of arrests that reached a peak in the ending of 2011, has not abated.
Why Nigerians come to Malaysia
Malaysia holds an attraction for three categories of Nigerians for three different purposes. The first group is that of Nigerians who are looking for affordable postgraduate degrees and who are usually refused sponsorship from their places of work or the Nigerian government; because of the affordable postgraduate tuition in Malaysia. Recently, the leader of Malaysian body of dean of postgraduate schools said the government subsidizes each foreign postgraduate with RM25,000 (N3 million) per year. This category of Nigerians are also attracted by the quality of equipment in the universities, which are comparable to those in Western countries although, sometimes, students have to wait a long time for the universities to purchase some of the equipment. But there are many students who have done their master's degrees in Europe who are now doing their PhD in Malaysia and who say there's not much difference between what obtains in Malaysia and what they saw in Europe.
The second category is that of well off undergraduate students. Their parents usually from Northern Nigeria - believe that Malaysia is a Muslim country, therefore, if they send their children here, they'll not go back home with decadent Western values. These parents can afford to send their children to Western countries and are not attracted by cheap tuition in Malaysia. Indeed, the private colleges where their wards study are not cheap; many give out UK degrees, which are as expensive as studying at source.
The third group is that of Nigerians mostly from the South who equate living abroad to success. They'll do anything to achieve that aim. They come to Malaysia because the entry visa is cheap and easy to get. And because they know that the best way to stay in the country, is to come as students, they usually do all they can to get offers to study at the private colleges. Those who don't have the necessary qualifications to study as degree students, pretend to come to study certificate courses usually in English language. Nigerians believe this is enough red flag to alert Malaysian authorities. "No Nigerian," Mustapha Jibrin said, "will come to Malaysia to learn English. Nigerians believe they speak better English than Malaysians; so if they need to study the language, is it to Malaysia they'll come? Anybody who comes to study English at the certificate level, most probably has another sinister purpose in Malaysia."
This is the group of Nigerians who give others a bad name. There was a time that they kidnapped their own compatriots Southern Nigerian criminals kidnapped Northern Nigerian undergraduates because (they said) the northerners stole their money.
The fading hospitality
Nigerians are complaining that they are no longer feeling the hospitality of Malaysians; the society, the authorities and even the schools have turned against them.
Yet, those who come to the rescue of Africans are usually from the academic institutions.
Writing for the New Straits Times, on February 10, 2012, Datuk Dr. Ibrahim Ahmad Bajunid, a university administrator, admonished his compatriots to "treat foreign students as we want our children to be treated abroad."
Dr. Ibrahim concluded that the presence of foreign students in Malaysia is advantageous to both the students and the nation. "We should put our act together and develop enlightened policies and develop our own cultural refinements.
"Most of the 100,000 foreign students are willing learners who invest in their learning here and are very good in focusing on their studies. Our educational institutions have created opportunities for every one of them.
Besides learning from us, thousands of foreign students are engaged in knowledge generation at masters and doctoral levels and in other types of knowledge production though collaborative research," he said.
Malaysian Indians to raise racism issue at diaspora meet1 post - Last post: Jan 8, 2010
While people of Indian origin continue to script success stories in various parts of the world, a group of human right activists from fifth ...Uthayakumar, 49, told IANS: "We Indians in Malaysia, who have lived in Malaysia for up to five generations in many cases, find ourselves hemmed and blocked by racism and religious extremism there."
Folly to ignore the cry for justice
[March 1, 2011]
The "Solidarity Against Umno's Racism" march, organised by two ethnic Indian groups, the Hindu Rights Action Force and Huma Rights Party at Kuala Lumpur on Feb 27 was to protest against the government's decision to ignore the Indian community's strong objections over the disparaging contents..
Petition: The Prime Minister of Malaysia: Dismantle all racist policies
Why This Is Important
Malaysia has evolved over the last half century to become a country based on a subtle, pervasive and increasingly aggressive form of racism, characterised by the doctrine of Ketuanan Melayu, a doctrine that postulates that the Malay Muslims are the tuan (masters) of Malaysia. Other non-Malay non-Muslim Malaysians are supposedly considered Pendatangs' (Immigrants) beholden to the Malays for life for granting them citizenship in 1957 in return for a special position (interpreted as privileges) as set out in Article 153 of the Malaysian Constitution.
Further the Malaysian Constitution provides for freedom of religion; however, the government places restrictions on this right in a very definite and oblique manner. The Civil courts which have the constitutional position as the ultimate arbiter and guardian of the constitution in all matters relating to non-Muslim Malaysians is steadily losing this supreme position. The jurisdiction of the Sharia court has steadily encroached upon and eroded this position of the Civil courts in cases concerning religious conversions and in certain areas of family law involving disputes between Muslims and non-Muslims. Whenever there is a conflict between Muslims and non-Muslims, the tendency is for the Sharia court to adjudicate and invariably for the Muslim Law to prevail regardless of the merits of the case and of the provisions in the constitution of the adjudicating legal system.
Hindraf launches global e-Petition against racism.
Human Rights Party Malaysia
January 12, 2012 | Author S. Jayathas
Hindraf says it is targeting 100,000 people globally, including the US government and European Parliament.
GEORGE TOWN: Hindraf Makkal Sakti has launched a global cyber e-Petition against Malaysia's perceived racism.
The London-based Hindraf leader P Waythamoorthy said they are targeting some 100,000 people worldwide to be signatories of the petition, which would include relevant international bodies and governments, including the US government and European Parliament.
We want to raise awareness and call on all Malaysians to join force with Hindraf to fight and eliminate racism in the country, he told FMT here today.
The e-Petition's main demand is for Putrajaya to repeal Article 153 of the Federal Constitution, which Waythamoorthy claims was the mother of all Malaysian racist policies for the past 54 years.
He alleged that Article 153 has been the catalyst to transform Malaysia into a pervasive and increasingly aggressive racist nation, characterised by the doctrine of Ketuanan Melayu or Malay supremacy.
He said Article 153 was a brand of apartheid, which ran foul of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights 1948.
The petition also calls on the Malaysian government to dismantle all racist policies and provisions, and treat alll Malaysians equally.
It calls on the federal government to take measures to ensure that all contentious matters involving Malaysians of other faiths be adjudicated in civil courts.
The petition also called on Putrajaya to form a royal commission to inquire and report on all racist policies and violations of religious freedom.
The petition wants the United Nations to make representations to Putrajaya on behalf of almost 12.5 million citizens of other faiths to be treated equally with dignity.
Modern & lucrative farming, animal husbandry & fisheries for only Malay muslims by racist UMNO MOA. Indian poor segregated.
January 12, 2012 | Author s.jayathas
Just send over to Vietnam for some pigs, skin em,let hem bleed on the land, cook them, then bury the bones on the land. Problem Solved!
Whatever happened to the pig-skin solution to jihad-bombers?
Exactly which “race” is islam?
The African blacks I did business with in Malaysia were outstanding.
Nice to hear that. Were you in KL?