MCA proposes law to curb racist language

  • Nation
  • Tuesday, 22 Sep 2015

PETALING JAYA: MCA has proposed that a law be drafted to spell out instances or language deemed offensive to Malays and other races.

Its religious harmony bureau chief Datuk Seri Ti Lian Ker said this was necessary to ensure everyone was mindful not to let troublemakers use “racial dignity” as an excuse to disregard the law, start vigilantism and create public disorder or an uprising.

He said the bureau called on the Prime Minister to spell out what would be considered hurting the dignity of the Malays.

MCA, he said, did not want acts, words or incidents like that in Low Yat Plaza be considered as an attack on Malay dignity by irresponsible parties out to seek trouble or pick a fight with an entire community, in particular targeting the Chinese community.

“In the interest of justice and clarity, our bureau proposes that an Act be drafted to spell out instances of hurting the Malays and all other races that will be an offence under the law. We do not want to see individuals or groups taking the law into their own hands under the pretext that their dignity has been hurt or trampled upon, creating an excuse to inflict violence or abuses on others, similar to the Low Yat Plaza incident,” he said.

Ti also welcomed Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak’s statement that Umno was not a racist party, saying the Umno president’s assurance came at a time when taunts and slogans carried by several demonstrators had been attributed to Umno in the same way that actions by Bersih 4 participants had been attributed to DAP.

“MCA calls on the police and authorities to act on any individual who may have breached or infringed the laws of the state. Any form of sedition or trespass must be stopped. The long arm of the law must reach them and action taken on offenders at the Sept 16 rally must be similar and consistent with the offenders at Bersih 4,” said Ti.

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