Johor MCA Youth chief Ling Tian Soon (pic) said he was deeply concerned over the recent prejudicial and controversial statements made by various parties against each other.
"In view of a series of incidents that happened recently, we urge all public figures, particularly political leaders to consider all races' feeling before speaking," he said in a statement on Friday (Aug 16).
The proposal to teach khat in schools and controversial preacher Dr Zakir Naik's comments on non-Muslims have recently heightened racial tensions in the country.
Ling said Malaysian politics is currently more polarised than ever, adding that Malaysians needed to learn from the past to develop, build, and grow the country together, harmoniously.
"Malaysia gained her independence because of the support from all races. We live in a multiracial and multicultural nation, thus, it is crucial to understand each other's limit and also acknowledge that each limit deserves to be respected," he said.
Ling also commended former Umno vice-president Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein who had called for unity on his Facebook post.
Hishammuddin had called on Malaysians to oppose religious bigotry and racial extremism, adding that it has no place in Malaysia.
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