Village folk want an end to racial slurs


Sennik (centre, in a suit) cutting the cake during the luncheon at Ramada Plaza by Wyndham in Melaka.

A FISHERMAN from Sungai Lereh, Melaka, has discouraged people from inciting racial conflicts and to take heed from regular kampung folk.Malek Wahab, 52, said racial slurs spewed by urbanities were rampant and the public were bored of hearing about it.

“Ministers must control (the spread of) incendiary remarks on social media postings to prevent despair among the people in Malaysia,” he said at a luncheon organised by Ramada Plaza by Wyndham in Melaka.

Hotel general manager Klaus Sennik and resident manager Jason R. Bak gave away free cakes to those who attended the event with the aim to foster inter-racial relationships.

Malek said disputes could be settled amicably through discussions. 

“Malaysians must never forget their humble beginnings. Back then, many of us did not have much money but were willing to share and care for each other,” he said, adding that as a fisherman, he has friends of all races who never had any ill feelings toward each other.

Businessman Denny Long Wei Siong, 34, hopes Melaka will not be tainted by racists and bigots.

“We have lived together since the Melaka Sultanate and hope it (this harmonious relationship) will remain the same forever,” he said.

Businessman M. Subramaniam, 50, said he enjoyed a good relationship with his Malay friends.

“They care for me and are willing to go all out to help despite the recent temple dispute in Selangor,” he said.

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