A Note to All Malaysians

May 13, 2013 at 10:07 am 1 comment

ss2Raja Zarith Idris

I find both the vocally-blatant shouts and the insidious whispers about us being of this race or that race disturbing. And completely unnecessary. We are not little children in a playground, we are adults with minds of our owns.

The attitude which goes with the statement “Apa lagi Cina mau?” is deliberately provocative and downright rude. We Malaysians have always prided ourselves as a people who are polite, well-mannered and peaceful, and statements such as this cannot continue to be used for the purpose of stirring up racial tension.

Why are we not content with the peace that our country enjoys now? Have we forgotten the bloodshed and the deaths of so many in the past? Do we really want that to recur? We have gone through many wars and conflicts together : the Japanese Occupation during the Second World War. Then there was the Communist insurgency which led to the Emergency which lasted for 12 years (1948-1960). Any racial unrest will benefit noone, regardless which political coalition we support, or if we chose to remain non-partisan or have no interest in politics.

Instead of insulting one another, or making snide and hurtful remarks, we should instead try to “agree to disagree”. We should not shoot our mouths off. LISTEN instead. I have had chats and arguments with both family and friends about issues which we all take an interest in. If there are ten of us, there may be ten different opinions. It doesn’t mean any of us is a hundred-percent right or a hundred-percent wrong. In between black and white, there are many grey areas, and so it is with any arguments or opinions.

To my dear Malaysian friends, please let us agree to disagree. Let us accept one another despite our flaws and weaknesses. We are all human and none of us are perfect, whatever our professions, our age, our gender. Our country isn’t perfect either but it is the place which we all call “home”, and we all have a right to live here.

DAULAT TUANKU

Sultan Johor: Henti sebar fitnah, hasutan politik
14 Mei 2013
Sultan Johor
Sultan Johor

JOHOR BAHRU – Sultan Johor tidak mahu ada lagi pihak yang terus menyebar fitnah dan hasutan berbau politik untuk menimbulkan kebencian antara rakyat dan menggugat perpaduan serta keamanan negara.

Sultan Ibrahim Almarhum Sultan Iskandar bertitah waktu berkempen pada Pilihan Raya Umum ke-13 (PRU13) telahpun tamat dan sekarang ini adalah masa untuk bekerja.

“Saya tidak mahu mendengar ada pihak yang terus menyebar fitnah dan hasutan berbau politik untuk menimbulkan kebencian antara rakyat dan menggugat perpaduan dan keamanan negara,” titah baginda.

Baginda bertitah demikian pada majlis angkat sumpah Anggota Dewan Undangan Negeri (Adun) kawasan Permas, Datuk Mohamed Khaled Nordin sebagai Menteri Besar Johor yang baharu di Dewan Undangan Negeri, Bangunan Sultan Ibrahim, Bukit Timbalan, di sini hari ini.

Turut sama mengangkat sumpah di hadapan Sultan Johor adalah sembilan Adun daripada Barisan Nasional (BN) bagi jawatan anggota Majlis Mesyuarat Kerajaan Negeri (Exco).

Menurut baginda, tugas dan tanggungjawab kerajaan untuk tempoh lima tahun akan datang adalah amat berat dan mencabar, dengan semua pihak mesti berusaha bersungguh-sungguh untuk menyatupadukan rakyat serta mengukuhkan kemajuan Johor.

“Jika ada mana-mana wakil rakyat yang merasakan diri mereka tidak sesuai atau tidak mampu untuk memikul tanggungjawab yang diberikan, mereka boleh bangun dan keluar baris sekarang,” titah baginda.

Sultan Johor mengingatkan wakil rakyat yang telah dipilih supaya tidak melupakan janji-janji yang dibuat ketika kempen PRU13 lepas dan bertanggungjawab untuk menunaikan janji terbabit.

“Saya amat prihatin dan akan sentiasa mengambil berat tentang keadaan rakyat dan negeri saya.

Oleh yang demikian, bagi pihak rakyat saya mahu setiap janji yang dibuat mestilah ditunaikan,” titah baginda.

Sultan Johor juga bertitah bahawa sebagai pemerintah yang menaungi semua rakyat Johor, baginda tidak memihak kepada mana-mana parti politik dan tidak memandang rendah mana-mana pihak.

“Kerana pada mata saya, semua orang Johor adalah rakyat saya,” titah baginda  dan menambah, sebab itulah baginda telah mengarahkan supaya mesti ada wakil daripada masyarakat Cina dan India di dalam barisan Exco kerajaan negeri Johor.

Dua wakil masyarakat Cina dan India di dalam barisan Exco Johor adalah Datuk Tee Siew Kiong (Adun Pulai Sebatang) sebagai Pengerusi Jawatankuasa Pelancongan, Perdagangan dan Kepenggunaan dan R.Vidyanathan (Adun Kahang) sebagai Pengerusi Jawatankuasa Perpaduan dan Sumber Manusia.

Sultan Johor juga mengingatkan kesemua wakil rakyat supaya memahami isi kandungan Undang-Undang Tubuh Kerajaan Negeri Johor 1895 dan mematuhi peraturan serta tatacara Dewan Undangan Negeri Johor.

Kerajaan Negeri Johor, menurut baginda, telah ditubuhkan lebih awal daripada kerajaan Malaysia di mana telah berpegang lama kepada Undang-Undang Tubuh Kerajaan Johor 1895.

Turut hadir pada majlis angkat sumpah itu ialah Tunku Mahkota Johor Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim dan kerabat diraja lain, anggota Majlis Jumaah Diraja, anggota Dewan Undangan Negeri termasuk daripada pembangkang dan pegawai kanan kerajaan negeri. – Bernama

 

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Unity D-G tells media, politicians to quit race-baiting Race relations and the moral imperative

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  • 1. Byron Lee  |  May 13, 2013 at 10:47 am

    Of course dear Raja Zarith Idris possesses the wisdom but some in high government do not.

    Let’s get one thing straight: Nobody owes any political party ‘gratitude’. Not the Chinese, not the Malays, not the Indians, and not the lain-lain.

    It is every Malaysian’s right to vote for whichever party they feel best serves their interests. That is the most basic aspect of democracy and to suggest otherwise is disingenuous.

    The rakyat don’t owe political parties any allegiance or fealty. If anything, it’s the other way round. Political parties should be grateful to the citizens if they are voted into power and should show John Q. Public some loyalty.

    That’s what makes Prime Minister Najib Razak’s conduct of the past few days all the more baffling.

    Barely two days after Najib Razak had won his first polls mandate, and after he had called for a national reconciliation, Malaysia is yet again divided along racial lines and blame for this has to be laid squarely at the PM’s doorstep.

    After all, the recent unsavoury comments made by Malaysian ‘ultras’ and directed at the Chinese community can all draw their genesis from his comments Barisan’s poor elections showing was due to a ‘Chinese tsunami’.

    The loudest bays so far have come from pro-Umno blogger Papagomo, who penned a nasty anti-Chinese post (for which he has since been arrested), and Umno-owned Utusan Malaysia, which on Tuesday, published an inflammatory front-page article titled ‘Apa Lagi Cina Mahu?’ (What else do the Chinese want?), taking aim at the community for their apparent ‘ingratitude’ of the ruling coalition.

    The article has been roundly slammed by many sections of the Malaysian public, who’ve turned it into a subject of widespread mockery in cyberspace.

    The article would’ve been the perfect opportunity for Najib and other Barisan leaders to rise above racially-tinged rhetoric and put into practice what Najib said about reconciliation. Instead, they made the flabbergasting decision to defend the newspaper.

    It has done no good for the Prime Minister’s credibility, which has already been tainted by accusations of fraud in the recently concluded elections and will no doubt fan racial sentiments further.

    This is the last thing Malaysia needs right now, with emotions running high among the Malaysian people. Already, there are threats of a repeat of the May 13 1969 race riots. The Prime Minister could and should have nipped such things in the bud by firmly denouncing the targeting of any particular community.

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