Wednesday, September 22, 2010

PM must walk his talk on Zero tolerance towards racism and ensure that action must be taken against those found guilty of uttering racist remarks

On August 27, Prime Minister Datuk Sri Najib said that the Government will not hesitate to take action against anyone who makes racist remarks or fuels racism in the country.

He said the Government has always maintained a zero-tolerance towards racism.

"Our stand is that we do not tolerate racist remarks by anyone and action will be taken against them,” Najib said in a dialogue at the Barisan Nasional Youth Lab programme in Kuala Lumpur City Hall Auditorium.

But public are asking what actions have been taken against two school heads and a police officer who were alleged to have uttered racist remarks.

On Aug 12, Siti Aishah Mansor, the school principal of SMK Tunku Abdual Rahamn Putra from Kulaijaya, Johor, was allegedly to have used racist remarks against non-Malay students during the launch of the school’s Merdeka celebrations.

It was reported that she allegedly told the school assembly that the Chinese could go back to China and that the Indians looked like “dogs” when they wore their prayer strings.

In another incident which happened last month , Ungku Aznan Ungku Ismail, the principal of SMK Bukit Selambau was also alleged to have uttered “Balik Cina” remarks against Chinese students.

On September 4, Kuala Lumpur Police Chief DCP Datuk Muhammad Sabtu Osman said the police officer alleged to have told a snatch theft victim to go back to China was assigned to administrative duty while waiting for the outcome of the investigation being carried out.

Surely any investigation into such allegations will not require so much time to complete that till today the authorities concerned are not able to make any decision on the above three cases.

If investigation has been completed, surely it will not take that much time to decide on the necessary action.

Early this month, the Public Service Department (PSD) director-general Abu Bakar Abdullah said that he had received the investigation paper from the Education Ministry's investigation committee on the case related to the Johor school head and was scrutinizing it together with several PSD officials.

So why has it taken PSD that long to make a decision?

As correctly said by the Prime Minister, unity is of paramount importance and there must be zero tolerance towards racism.

Hence, the Prime Minister must walk his talk on zero tolerance towards racism and ensure that action must be taken against those found guilty of uttering racist remarks.

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