PUSAT Komunikasi Masyarakat (Komas) applauds the Inspector-General of Police Datuk Seri Abdul Hamid Bador’s acknowledgment that the rise of racial and religious hatred in this country today is caused by politicians who are playing the race and religious cards.
For far too long, race and religion have been used by certain politicians to “divide and rule” to win the support of the people.
Even though the Pakatan Harapan government recognises the severity in the use of race and religion by political opponents to pit one race against the other, it is unable to effectively address this issue. Efforts by the government to promote national unity and social cohesion are met with loud opposition by groups who manipulate these noble efforts into a race and religious issue, instigating the people in the process.
Instead of defending their decisions to promote national unity and social cohesion, the current government has succumbed to the calls and demands of these groups.
Efforts must be undertaken to counter the growing threat of the rise of racial and religious hatred in Malaysia. As a start, Parliament should consider the option of sanctioning politicians who continuously manipulate/deviate the issues debated in the House into a racial and religious issue. Furthermore, the Pakatan government should be firm with its narrative to promote a more inclusive nation, as highlighted in their manifesto. Elected politicians and political parties need to be mature enough to not jeopardise the nation-building process just for their political survival.