Muhyiddin: Racial tension still a problem in Malaysia

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  • Tuesday, 29 Sep 2020

KUALA LUMPUR: Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin says racial tension is a problem that continues to plague the country.

Muhyiddin said that while racial tensions could not be totally erased, it should not have a detrimental effect on the country.

"For example, on the topic of wealth distribution – the Malays, who are the biggest component of the community, may feel that they are not being defended and need more although there was the New Economic Policy.

"If we look back, there were leakages and other bad things happened. The feeling of dissatisfaction is still there.

"But among other communities, the Chinese and Indians, there are similar issues," he said on Tuesday (Sep 29) during a town hall session on the Shared Prosperity Vision 2030 (SPV 2030) organised by Institut Masa Depan Malaysia.

"The question is with what policies or ways Perikatan Nasional government will use to address these issues so it is not seen as racial.

"With social media, which is an effective means of communication, communities are easily upset, whether a message is about race, income or even religion.

"Because of this, there is uneasiness which affects the relationship between the communities. This should not continue," he said.

Muhyiddin was asked about the effects that identity politics might have on SPV2030.

To another question, Muhyiddin said that the policies in the SPV2030 would not solve all the problems of the country but could help overcome a lot of inequalities in the community.

"It is a big policy. It is not easy. But that is the challenge for us," he said, adding that the Perikatan Nasional government was totally committed to the SPV2030.

Earlier in his speech, Muhyiddin assured that nobody would be left behind under SPV2030.

"Prosperity is colour blind. It must not discriminate against anyone," he said.

Launched in 2019 by former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, SPV2030 is a commitment to make Malaysia a nation that achieves sustainable growth, along with fair and equitable distribution across income groups, ethnicities, regions and supply chains to provide a decent standard of living for all citizens by 2030.

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