Pakatan leaders: Cast aside disruptive polemics and unite as Malaysians

Pakatan leaders: Cast aside disruptive polemics and unite as Malaysians

PUCHONG: The top leaders of Pakatan Harapan urged the public to cast aside polemics that could disrupt national unity and destroy the country.

In a joint statement today, Pakatan leaders said that divisive politics that only benefit a select few and not the public at large should be rejected outright.

“We must understand that building a nation requires strong commitment, sincere intention, high trust towards the community, and a clear vision in elevating the status and dignity of the people to a higher level.

“Malaysians that are made up of various races, religions and culture have to defend these differences and respect it at all levels,” reads the statement.

Recently, the Education Ministry’s decision to introduce khat in the primary school syllabus drew ire among the non-Malays.

Chinese education group Dong Jong claimed it was an attempt to force Islamisation in vernacular schools.

However, Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad rebuffed Dong Jong and accused the organisation of being racist.

Islamic preacher Dr Zakir Naik had also stirred the hornet’s nest by alleging that the Hindus in Malaysia were more loyal to Indian prime minister Narendra Modi than Mahathir.

He also called upon the Chinese to leave Malaysia as they are ‘guests’ in the country.

With the upcoming Merdeka Day and Malaysia Day celebration, the Pakatan leaders urged Malaysians to reflect on the successes that have been achieved so far and the challenges yet to come in order build a clean, just and successful nation.

On the rising racial and religious polemics, the leaders acknowledged that the people are getting more vocal in airing their views via mainstream media and social media platforms.

“However Malaysians, regardless of their background, should always encourage unity and increase understanding between one another.

“Therefore, let us support the call by our prime minister to increase efforts in ensuring that our beloved country will continue to be a prosperous and respected nation,” the statement read.

The statement was signed by PKR president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng and Parti Amanah Negara president Mohamad Sabu.

By G Vinod