JOHOR BARU: Malaysians are mature enough to not allow racial sentiments to mar the spirit of unity in this country.
State unity, domestic trade and consumer affairs committee chairman Dr S. Ramakrishnan said that certain irresponsible parties were deliberately fanning racial issues for their own benefit.
“I do not think that we have any problem with unity in this country but some tend to raise certain issues for their own political gains.
“After 62 years of independence, I believe that Malaysians are mature enough and know that these are all just politics, ” he said after officiating the closing ceremony of a unity forum in conjunction with the National Day month here.
He said this when asked to comment on racial issues that had caused friction among people of different races in Malaysia.
“The incidents (racial tensions) are isolated cases and will not divide the people here, ” he said.
On the forum, Ramakrishnan said such events were important in promoting the spirit of patriotism and unity.
“The National Unity and Intergration Department is conducting some 100 state-level programmes throughout the month to promote unity.
“I believe such events will help to further strenghten relationships between people of all races and religions here, ” he said.
About 150 people from various government agencies, non-governmental organisations and schools took part in the two-hour forum focusing on unity and love for the country.
The forum was moderated by Universiti Teknologi Malaysia Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities senior lecturer Associate Prof Dr Kassim Thukiman.