It's the Umno-BN government which should be blamed for the racial disunity and polarisation in the country, says Baru Bian.
KUCHING: Umno and Barisan Nasional leaders should practice what they preach and stop talking about unity, racial integration and the need to accommodate diversity whilst instigating and fanning the likes of extremist groups like Perkasa, and occurrences such as the infamous “butt” routine and the cow-head incidents.
Said Sarawak PKR chief Baru Bian: “Racial disunity and polarisation are the result of the BN government’s discriminatory policies and practices over the past few decades.
“Extremist groups like Perkasa are allowed to spout their racist agenda without any hindrance from the authorities. And groups are allowed to conduct mock funeral rites for Lim Guan Eng (Penang Chief Minister), performing butt exercises in front of S Ambiga’s house and throw a cow’s head into temple compounds incidents.
“(Despite police reports) enforcement agencies do nothing to protect those that are targeted by racist groups.
“They have been allowed to get away with their disgraceful behaviour because they have connections to the BN in Peninsular Malaysia.”
Bian said such selective prosecution by the authorities had caused dissatisfaction and disaffectation amongst the groups who felt that they have been treated unfairly.
Bian was commenting on a statement by Deputy Speaker of Parliament Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar that he feared any bid to change the ruling BN government could cause racial conflicts in the country.
“It is a mockery for someone belonging to the BN/Umno camp to talk about the importance of racial integration and the need to accommodate diversity.
“I am extremely disappointed to note that a person (Wan Junaidi) of the standing of the Deputy Speaker of Dewan Rakyat should resort to playing the racial card,” said Bian, who is also Ba’Kelalan assemblyman.
BN wracking in fear
On Sunday Junaidi reportedly said that the opposition’s propaganda to change the present government may not be good for the country’s unity.
“Racial conflicts in the past had taught Malaysians a lot about the importance of racial integration and the need to accommodate diversity.
“Diversity could be an asset, but if improperly managed, could also lead to conflict and disaster.
“The opposition propaganda can change the people’s thinking not only towards the government but also towards others.
“The differences over certain issues may not be good for national unity,” Junaidi had said.
Bian said Junaidi was merely mouthing the increasing fear among BN component parties that they may lose Putrajaya in the 13th general election.
“It is high time BN component party politicians try to defend their positions by explaining their ideology and policies instead of playing the racial bogeyman game,” he said.