KOTA KINABALU: Racial and religious bigotry spun by certain intolerant groups is threatening national unity and integration, said Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Tan Sri Joseph Kurup.
He said the narrow-mindedness of certain groups was creating “mutual mistrust” and this had become one of the biggest challenges for society.
“This mistrust is created by intolerance, especially through religious and racial bigotry. It is proving to be a destructive phenomenon for social harmony, political stability and economic growth,” he said during a dinner gathering here on Saturday.
In recent years, he said the perception of unity had often been conveyed through extremist views and radical opinions without regard to the views of the silent majority.
He said the media had a role to play to suppress extreme views.
“We will never be able to erase racial and religious bigotry, which is due to human nature, but we – the Government and the media – should work together to suppress it,” he said. “We cannot allow others to hijack our unity, our peace and our future.”
Kurup, who is the minister overseeing the National Unity Department, said every Malaysian was responsible for the nation’s well-being.
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