PETALING JAYA: Local NGO Pusat Komas today launched “Report Racism MY”, a smartphone app for Malaysians to report cases of racism.
Apart from allowing Malaysians to submit reports of racist incidents, the complaints will also be collated into data that will be published in next year’s Racial Discrimination Report.
“The only way to transform (society) is to know how bad the situation is. Most times we only remember one or two incidents, and keep repeating them over and over again,” noted Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (Suhakam) commissioner Jerald Joseph.
“So it is good that (the situation) is balanced by innovative ideas. While we generate the sad painful list of complaints, we also get new ideas how to overcome it.”
The app, which will be available on Nov 16 on both Apple Store and Google Play, is still in the process of being made user-friendly, said programme coordinator Ryan Chua.
Those submitting reports can do so anonymously if necessary, and will get a copy of their report for their own reference, said Chua.
Present at the launch was Association for the Promotion of Human Rights (Proham) secretary-general Denison Jayasooria, Pakatan Harapan secretariat chief secretary Saifuddin Abdullah, and Dobby Liew of Suaram, among others.
Denison commented that acts of racial discrimination in the past often were “just spoken of in coffeeshops or suffered in silence”.
“Now to start documenting whether it could be worse in schools, hospitals and places of work, not to mention the marketplace…it should give confidence to people to begin sharing.”
“There will be public awareness and reaction to this sort of thing. Hopefully there should also be acts of compassion, of people going beyond race to help others, they should be noted,” Denison said.