Ignore imaginary threats, Malays told

Johan: Politicians know that fear leads to irrational thinking and actions.

PETALING JAYA: A member of the G25 pressure group has urged Malays to ignore political rhetoric that is aimed at making them feel insecure.

Johan Ariffin told FMT he agreed with Pakatan Harapan secretary-general Saifuddin Abdullah that the Malays’ fear for their future was created by politicians in power who were out to maintain that power.

He was referring to a remark Saifuddin made last weekend at a forum on Malay insecurities. Answering a question from the audience, Saifuddin said such insecurities were built by such statements as “It is only me who will take care of you.”

Johan said politicians created imaginary threats to make the Malays feel more dependent on them for their welfare and security.

“This is a common ploy employed by our politicians,” he said. “They know that fear leads to irrational thinking and actions.

“Despite the Malay dominance in our country, politicians use the government media daily to pepper Malays with imaginary fears that other races or religions are threatening the status quo.”

He said the Malays should not forget that they were in full control of the country, that the executive branch of government, the security services, the civil service and the judiciary were all Malay-dominated. Furthermore, he pointed out, Islam had been accepted as Malaysia’s official religion.

It was plain to see that Malay rights were not in danger, he added.

“Why are Malays scared of their own shadow? As rational and right-minded persons, we should treat political rhetoric as just talk.”

Ruling politicians are using the race card not only to gain support but also to incite sentiments, says Mujahid.

Amanah vice-president Mujahid Yusof Rawa said he too agreed with Saifuddin.

He said the current power elite had gone against the wishes of the nation’s founding fathers. “They have turned the clock anti-clockwise, going back 50 years, just because they want to stay in power.”

He alleged that ruling politicians were using the race card not only to gain support but also to incite sentiments.

An instance of this, he said, was the recent ban on the Better Beer Festival.

He acknowledged that he was not in support of the festival, but he said the action taken should have been in the context of existing laws.

“By capitalising on sentiments, they are creating a society which promotes hatred,” he said. “They keep highlighting the issue as Islamic versus non-Islamic, which is not right.”