PETALING JAYA: A day after Malaysians celebrated Malaysia Day, many voiced their support for the Johor Sultan who called on “racists to leave the state”.
On Wednesday, Sultan Ibrahim Ibni Almarhum Sultan Iskandar called for Johoreans who practise hatred and racism to leave the state.
A Facebook post on The Star Online received more than 2,000 likes, 263 shares and over 100 comments.
Facebook user Ivor Alexis Vuilleumier wrote: “Today and until the next election, all Malaysians should not discuss about red shirt and yellow shirt rallies.
“Lets move on and respect each other. My respect to the Johor Sultan.”
“We bangsa Johor live in peace n harmony with all races including the Chinese, without prejudice or hatred or a racist attitude, under the reign of our beloved Sultan of Johor,” wrote Aziz Ismail.
Yap Pwng Thien wrote: “Whether or not the people practise hatred or love, racism or harmony it depends on a good ruler or leader.
“I am a Chinese and I love the Johor royalty because I know they care for us. We aren’t called ‘pendatang’ we are called ‘rakyat’.”
It is believed that this statement by the Sultan was a response to a woman from Johor who participated in the rally and was caught on video saying “pendatang tetap pendatang” (immigrants will remain immigrants).
In Johor, its MCA liaison committee deputy chairman Datuk Tee Siew Kiong has welcomed the decree made by the Sultan that racist people would not be welcome in the state.
He said the comments showed the Johor Sultan put his subjects first where unity among the various races or Bangsa Johor had become the formula for stability to bring economic development into the state.
“I am a very proud Johorean where every race in the state has been given the opportunity and space to contribute to the development here,” he said.
Meanwhile, checks on the post showed that many users, especially Johoreans, also showed their support for the Sultan.
As of 5.30pm, the post which was put up on Malaysia Day, has garnered over 33,750 shares and close to 75,000 likes.
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