PSM: Forget politicians, people should rise above racial polemics

PSM: Forget politicians, people should rise above racial polemics

PUCHONG: Parti Sosialis Malaysia (PSM) today urged Malaysians to rise above petty politics and put a stop to the rising racial and religious tension in the country.

In a statement, PSM secretary general A Sivarajan said the people have to step up where politicians have failed, and nip racial and religious rhetoric in the bud.

“The working-class Malays, Chinese and Indians have so much in common compared to our religious and political elite.

“Let’s not allow these tools of destruction orchestrated by certain quarters destroy our racial harmony and class solidarity,” he said.

Recently, controversial Indian Islamic preacher Dr Zakir Naik stirred the hornet’s nest in an event organised in Kelantan, where he had claimed that the Hindus in Malaysia are more loyal to Indian prime minister Narendra Modi than Malaysian premier Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

On calls for him to be repatriated to India, Zakir had said that the Chinese in Malaysia should also go back to where they belong as the community are also ‘guests’ in the country.

Zakir’s inflammatory speech riled up many, including several Malay leaders such as former minister Rais Yatim and Youth and Sports Minister Syed Saadiq Syed Abdul Rahman, who called for Mahathir to deport the preacher back to India.

The Selangor state government’s plan to amend its enactment to allow unilateral conversion had also drawn flak among non-Muslims as it goes against the Federal Court’s decision which ruled that conversion requires consent from both parents.

Hurling brickbats against Pakatan Harapan leaders, Sivarajan said that it was upsetting that the government was still tolerating Zakir’s presence in the country despite his inflammatory speech.

“While it was no surprise that he received an honorary welcome in Kelantan from the PAS led government, as PAS needs people like Zakir Naik to push their religious and political agenda, but it is very disappointing to see even certain moderate Pakatan Muslim leaders also warming up to him.

“Do they also share his views on his version of Islam? Or more dangerously, have the Pakatan leaders identified him as a tool to divide and rule our society?” he asked.

Sivarajan also claimed that the recent happenings showed that there was a ‘deep state’ within Pakatan itself, which is flaring up the situation to the interest of unknown political forces.

“If we continue waiting for politicians to say or do the right things, it will not happen. The people have to see through these evil political manoeuvrings and reject them outright,” he said.

By G Vinod