Friday, November 22

PSB sees hope in the dark cloud of rising racism, commends those not cowed


KUCHING: Parti Sarawak Bersatu (PSB) views with grave concern the resolutions passed at the Malay Dignity Congress, which were preceded by hate speeches, notably by Prof Emeritus Zainal Kling, the chief executive of the congress secretariat.

In a statement yesterday, PSB said this outpouring of racial prejudice and demands for complete dominance of Malays in the private and public sector cast a deep gloom over the future of the nation.

The condemnation and outpouring of dismay over what transpired at the congress from a broad segment of society reflected the despair of the people already disillusioned by the broken promises and U-turns of the Pakistan Harapan government to put the nation back on its feet from the mismanagement of the previous government, the statement added.

“However, there is a silver lining in the dark clouds of racist demands in the resolutions passed at the congress as among the most eloquent critics of the congress were Malay social commentators.

“While it is natural for non-Malay writers to raise a hue and cry over the congress, these Malay writers risk the wrath of their own people in penning their brave commentaries.”

PSB commended those who are not cowed by the intimidation of being condemned by their own people in standing up to racists whose views and ideology will surely lead the nation to doom.

“Indeed despite the rise of ultra Malay racists and religious extremism in Malaysia, we still have blessings to count as despite the frequent racial and religious baiting, the nation has not descended into mass chaos and rioting.

“Imagine what would have happened in a hardline Muslim country when a Puteri Umno leader said the man who ran amok Penang and was shot dead by police was a martyr because he killed and wounded his victims because he was angered by their insults on Prophet Muhammad,” said the statement.

PSB praised the Home Ministry and the police for nipping what could have been a religious conflagration in the bud and the people for refraining from taking the bait thrown by the Umno women’s leader.

“All is not lost in our nation but we are walking on thin ice which could break if the likes of Zainal Kling are not kept in check,” said the statement.

On another note, PSB said for Sarawak and Sabah a very disturbing point raised by Zainal Kling was his assertion that Malaysia is Tanah Melayu and belongs to the Malays.

“This has raised objections and aroused anger among the other races of the nation but for Sarawakians and Sabahans, this assertion has a bigger implication than the racial supremacy of the Malays as it betrayed his view that Sarawak and Sabah were absorbed into the Federation of Malaya upon the formation of Malaysia.

“To him Sarawak and Sabah are not partners in the formation of Malaysia but states absorbed into Malaya despite what was clearly spelt out in the Malaysia Agreement signed in 1963,” said the statement.

PSB pointed out that this is a very dangerous stance because if Zainal and his cohorts were to take over the nation, it would spell the end of autonomy and rights over the natural resources of Sarawak and Sabah.

The party warned Sarawakians not to be complacent as they bask in the praises of the racial harmony of the state.

“We must be on guard against racism and religious extremism creeping into our midst lest in our complacency we sit back and let it happen.”