Hello is this is how you deal with our history’s black spot??????
PAS slams May 13 Malay gathering
UPDATED @ 01:27:00 11-05-2010
By Syed Jaymal Zahiid
May 11, 2010
KUALA LUMPUR, May 11 — PAS has slammed the involvement of a government agency in a mammoth gathering of right-wing Malay groups in Kuala Terengganu on May 13, the 41st anniversary of the country’s deadliest race riots.
The Terengganu Integrity Institute has been listed as “cooperating” with a group calling itself Gerakan Kebangkitan Rakyat (Gertak) to organise the rally with the theme “Malays arise” at the Gong Badak indoor stadium in two days time.
Utusan Malaysia said the rally will be attended by 10,000 members from 45 Malay non-governmental organisations, and is aimed at uniting the Malays. Former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, will be attending.
“They said the date was chosen to commemorate the race riots. This is so uncivilised. It’s not just the Malays, Indians and Chinese but any civilised person would not want to be associated with this kind of mentality,” (PAS Vice President) Salahuddin (Ayub) told a press conference here.
First of all, if you gonna use tax payers’ money for a lark, make sure is is all inclusive. If you want a private shiok sendiri session, pay the bill yourself….and don’t use public amenities where all Malaysians paid for it and entitled to use it.
Secondly, let’s learn how our jiran dealt with their own history’s black spot – the 1964 racial riot. You think only Malaysia only go this kinda thing only-meh?
Read on and will the Deputy PM cum Education Minister pay attention?
Racial Harmony Day also represents a day for schools to reflect on, and celebrate Singapore’s success as a racially harmonious nation and society built on a rich diversity of culture and heritage.
In schools all across the nation on that day, students are encouraged to be dressed in their traditional costumes such as the Cheongsam and the Baju Kurung. Traditional delicacies are also featured in the celebrations. Traditional games such as Kutih-kutih and zero point are played in schools, where inter-class competitions are sometimes organised.
The 1964 Race Riots were a series of riots that took place in Singapore during two separate periods in July and September between Chinese and Malay groups. The first incident occurred on 21 July during a Malay procession that marked Prophet Muhammad‘s birthday. In total, the violence killed 36 people and injured another 556. About 3,000 people were arrested. The riots are also known as the Prophet Muhammad Birthday Riots, 1964 Racial Riots, and 1964 Sino-Malay Riots. At that time, Singapore was a state in the Federation of Malaysia.
Racial Harmony Day
Schools commemorate Racial Harmony Day on 21st July. On this day in 1964, Singapore saw racial riots. Racial Harmony Day serves to remind our pupils that social division costs us dearly and that race and religion are potential fault-lines in Singapore society. It is a day for schools to reflect on, and celebrate our success as a harmonious nation and society built on a rich diversity of cultures and heritages.
Learning Points for Primary Schools
Students should learn to make friends with people of other races and religions and not make fun of people who are different. Students should also learn that in Singapore, people are treated equally regardless of their race and religion and they should also do the same. Students should appreciate the different cultures that make up Singapore.
Learning Points for Secondary pupils
Students should understand the customs and traditions of the different races and religions. They should learn to respect these customs and traditions and the need for the different races and religions to coexist peacefully. Students should also learn about the consequences of a breakdown in racial and religious harmony. These lessons can be drawn from our own history as well as recent incidents in the world. The message is that racial and religious harmony cannot be taken for granted.
Learning Points for JC and CI pupils
Students should appreciate the challenges facing each community and that all races are given equal opportunities to advance and progress. Students should also understand that in Singapore, racial harmony is based on mutual respect and understanding, not assimilation. One model that can be used to understand this is that of four overlapping circles. While each race retains its own distinct identity and strengths, there is also a common space where all Singaporeans, whatever their race, work and play. Students should work towards enlarging this common space. Students should also understand how government policies factor in considerations for racial and religious harmony.
Malaysian politicians who deal on racial politics and their followers tend to emphasize the difference while the real golden nugget is to look at the similarities in all races – so why so scared about inter-faith dialogue that promotes understanding, silatulrahim and mutual respect? Is it because that’s how your cookie crumble? Is this the 1Malaysia, Malaysia Truly Asia and oh please come and invest, study and retire in Malaysia? The farce make me think what a fool our Prime Minister and his first lady look when they preach all the nice things while their subjects pull off a stunt like this.
By the way, is there a police permit for this little lark? Bring on the pepper and water spray if FRU feels like it then
This is stupid you know. Instead of dealing positively with this traumatic episode, these buggers remind me of the Nazis in the 1930’s, blaming the loss of Germany in WWI to Jews and spoiling for another round. If this is not seditious and threatening the peace in Malaysia then I don’t know what else. If ISA is a preventative law and necessary for the Malaysia as its supporters claim then this is a good time to practice what they preach. Is the PDRM going to be consistent and block all rounds, check every vehicle, pols special branch officers to film the event and deny the permit for this gathering?
Look at South Africa. When I was in my school shorts they were shunned by the world. They practice a form of racism much worse than ours. Yet the way they deal with it to progress – the forget and forgive approach towards reconciliation, the rugby team thingy (go watch that movie “Invictus”) and now they are the host of the World Cup and yet here we have a bunch of morons benefiting from affirmative policies bending on talking Malaysia backwards to the year when Nelson M was squatting in a prison and South Africa a pariah nation of the world. The acronym “Gertak” = threat and that if anything, is not a right minded parent would want their child to learn and practice.
All patriotic Malaysia should shun and condemn this act of threatening the racial harmony, peace and image of Malaysia to the world.
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