Suhakam chairman Razali Ismail commended for denouncing Nazri’s incitement of racial hatred in our plural society

Suhakam Chairman Tan Sri Razali Ismail is to be commended for denouncing former UMNO Minister Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz for inciting racial hatred in our plural society.

It is most deplorable that to win votes in the Semenyih by-election, Nazri is prepared to incite racial hatred and advance a narrow, intolerant and extremist narrative in Malaysia by questioning the appointment of non-Malays and non-Muslims as the Finance Minister, Attorney-General and Chief Justice – in total disregard of history and the nation-building principles embodied in the Malaysian Constitution.

This is a terrible example of what politics can do to a former Law Minister, providing the latest example of the toxic and vicious politics of lies, hatred, fear, race and religion which will end up in Malaysia becoming a divided polity and a failed state, when Malaysia has the capacity to leverage on the best qualities and values of the diverse races, religions, languages and cultures that meet in confluence in the country to be a world top-class nation and be an international show-case to the world of unity, harmony and sense of purpose and excellence of a plural society.

This the time for Malaysian leaders who believe in a Malaysia for all Malaysians, regardless of race, religion or region, and the nation-building principles as embodied in the Malaysian Constitution, to speak up and reaffirm their commitment to the Malaysian Constitution and a plural Malaysian nation.

Lim Kit Siang MP for Iskandar Puteri