Daily dose of racism on social media a toxic norm

Daily dose of racism on social media a toxic norm

PUCHONG: Malaysians have taken a racist view in light of the case of a Thai national who was deported back to Thailand since there appears to be a double standard in the treatment of the Thai as opposed to Zakir Naik

The toxic discussion actually divided Malaysians into pro-Zakir and anti Zakir teams.

Facebook user Haris Mohd Salleh even added a political angle to the racist comments.

“One Zakir Naik is more valuable to Malaysia than the entire DAP race. Instead of sending Zakir back to India, it is better to send the entire DAP race to China,” he said.

“We love MCA and MIC which is more tolerant, not a race that does not know its place.”

Another user Alphonso Pereira countered by stating that retaining Zakir in Malaysia would be economically bad.

“I believe this thing about Zakir is not going to end well for us, Malaysia. All (Indian Prime Minister Narendra) Modi has to do is stop buying palm oilfrom us and turn to Indonesia. Then what happens?

Selvam Tharmalingam hit out at Zakir that he should fear God instead of the Indian government.

“The one throwing tantrums are Hindraf. It is strange that those those throwing tantrums are not able to face Zakir in a debate,” said Muhammad Anas Halim.

Muhaimin A Ghani meanwhile warned the non-Muslims.

“If you block our preaching Muslim activities, you are disrespecting the Agong who is the head of Islam in this nation. Do you want to chalenge the head of this nation?”

He said this based on the notion that the work done by Zakir is a religious issue.

There are several issues that needs to be pondered upon.

Wouldn’t words of racism and hatred spewed on social media affect the act of fasting this Ramadan? Fasting is not limited to refraining from food and drinks but also include actions and words uttered.

What happened to the Race Relations Act now that there are plans to shelve the Sedition Act? We don’t need another Sedition Act. What is more important is self regulation on an individual basis.

The Leaders Online noticed comments on social media including Facebook are full of hatred. There are no appreciation to the contribution of the various communities that have made Malaysia their home.

Where is this going to lead? Would it boil down to another racial riot as experienced in 1969?

Even post-1969 this author experienced a united Malaysia. Malays and non-Malays were united.

I once lived in a Malay village during my growing up years in Kedah. My home was the sole non-Malay, non-Muslim home but there was no racism.

I can’t tell the same even though I now reside in Klang Valley.