SHAH ALAM: The application of moderation and integrity at all levels is the only way forward for Malaysia, as extremist views will drive the country to its doom, says Wanita Gerakan chief Datuk Tan Lian Hoe (pic).
The current political climate is in a very dangerous state, she said during her opening speech at the party’s delegates conference here Saturday.
“Irresponsible quarters, including the Opposition party members, are inciting hate among the rakyat towards the country and its democracy, to such an extent where it is hard to undo the act.
“It needs to be understood that no country applies blind democracy. There will always be limitations, because democracy which doesn’t bring about racial unity and prosperity of the people is rather pointless,” she said.
She added that it was disappointing to see leaders and social media personalities daringly encourage controversy through events like the Bersih 4 gathering, the Low Yat Plaza incident and the Red Shirt Rally.
“I believe such a situation would never have happened in China or Singapore, because that is a ‘no nonsense country’ and something like this will be halted at its roots.
“Malaysia should follow suit as these countries prioritise the peace and the economy of the country, because the only thing the people really want is to live in a peaceful country which has a stable economy,” she added.
Tan stressed it was even more disappointing to see some Cabinet Ministers getting carried away by the ongoing political conflicts.
“Have they not been reminded by our leaders that each of them holds a responsibility to the public from all races.
“The people are ashamed by the childish and irresponsible acts of some, which has now resulted in a rift among the different races, in turn further losing the support of the public for the Government,” she said.
She added that of late, moderation has been ignored and an extremist approach in terms of race and religion was being used to widen the influence of a political party, namely those in the Opposition.
On another note, Tan reiterated that Wanita Gerakan would do everything in its power to oppose the tabling of PAS’ hudud Bill.
The former cabinet minister added that if the people chose to follow an extremist and twisted view, the country would fall apart.
“People are suffering, and in addition to that, they are being provoked to fight against the nation’s leadership.
“Malaysians need to realise what they want in life. Do we want to be like those in Syria and Libya? Do we want to live the lives of the Rohingya refugees?
“If we continue this, we just might end up there,” she said adding that it was up to the leaders to lead the people in the right direction.
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