KUALA LUMPUR: The disturbing rise in hate politics and hate culture will breed a society of intolerance and militancy, and undermine the goal of nation building, said Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi.
The Deputy Prime Minister said hate politics was worrisome as it involved two powerful forces – namely race and religion – that could inflame sentiment and go against the values and principles enshrined in Rukunegara and Vision 2020.
“They (hate politics and culture) feed on emotions, prejudice and ignorance. They are the enemies of reason, moderation and tolerance.
“A nation founded on these sentiments is destined to dissolve in turmoil,” he said when delivering the closing address themed “Nation Building: The Road Ahead” for a lecture series organised by the Malaysia Young Professionals Chamber last night.
Abdullah cautioned that if society failed to reject the development of hate politics, the nation risked destroying all that it held dear.
“Conflicts would pit not only Malays against Chinese and Indians, but also Malays against Malays, Chinese against Chinese and Indians against Indians as well,” he said when outlining three critical areas of concern for nation building in the coming years.
The other two areas, he said, were the challenge of having an education system to prepare the people for a knowledge economy and national unity; and economic development based on distributive policies that closed the income and capital ownership gaps among various communities.