malaysia

Youth leader blames racism on flawed political structure

Participants at the Anak Muda Malaysia 2017 congress at the PJ civic centre in Petaling Jaya May 14, 2017. — Picture by A. RubanParticipants at the Anak Muda Malaysia 2017 congress at the PJ civic centre in Petaling Jaya May 14, 2017. — Picture by A. Ruban

PETALING JAYA, May 14 — A youth leader today blamed the recent fracas outside a Johor surau on a faulty political system that segregates Malaysians based on race, religion and class.

DAP Socialist Youth member Farhan Haziq said when such an incident happens in the country, it was always a norm to question the race and religion of the persons involved.

“This has been the case in our political and economic structure (today) that is to enforce the racial policy.

“Without us realising, this has caused repression within the classes of our society,” he told the Anak Muda Malaysia 2017 congress organised by youth group Demi Malaysia.

He questioned the purpose of differentiating Malaysians, adding that there were only two types of people in the world — those who repress and the repressed.

“We must therefore reject racism, cronyism and capitalism (because) these are reasons for our people to be repressed,” he said.

Farhan was tabling a motion to reject racism and class repression at the group’s congress held at the Petaling Jaya civic centre.

Last week, a 28-year-old man was assaulted by congregation members of a surau at Taman Austin Perdana and had his car damaged after he honked incessantly due to the traffic obstruction caused by cars parked outside the surau in a disorderly manner. The man who sustained injuries has since apologised.

The case is being investigated under Section 147 of the Penal Code for rioting, which provides for a jail term of up to two years, or a fine, or both, upon conviction. 

MORE ON MMOTV