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Setting the stage for race baiting in Malaysia


Chin, J, Setting the stage for race baiting in Malaysia, Asia Dialogue, University of Nottingham, United Kingdom, 18 October (2019) [Newspaper Article]

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On 20 September 2019 I wrote about the significance of a political pact signed six days previously between United Malays National Organisation (UMNO) President Ahmad Zahid Hamidi and Pan-Malaysian Islamic Party (PAS) President Hadi Awang. To quote myself:

‘The overriding fear among non-Muslims in Malaysia now is that the UMNO/PAS charter normalises hate speech towards minorities. This charter sends a powerful message to religious right-wing groups in Malaysia that it is open season on non-Malays. The charter’s message seems to be this: Malaysia is for Malays and Muslims only.’

I did not expect my prediction to come true so quickly. On Sunday 6 October, at the Malay Dignity Congress (MDC), the main organiser Professor Zainal Kling said in his opening speech that Malaysia is for the Malays and those who oppose (read non-Malays) the ‘social contract’ and Islam’s position as the official religion have to be fought against. He even threatened non-Malays that if they oppose the ‘social contract’ then the Malays should suspend it; i.e. suspend citizenship for non-Malays. In some countries, his entire speech would probably fall under the umbrella of hate speech.

Item Details

Item Type:Newspaper Article
Keywords:Malaysia, history, political development
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Political science
Research Field:Government and politics of Asia and the Pacific
Objective Division:Law, Politics and Community Services
Objective Group:Government and politics
Objective Field:Political systems
UTAS Author:Chin, J (Professor James Chin)
ID Code:136052
Year Published:2019
Deposited By:College Office - CALE
Deposited On:2019-11-28
Last Modified:2019-11-28

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