PETALING JAYA: PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang today warned against accusing the Malays of racism, saying there are double standards at play in the application of the “racist” label.
He said the Malays have always been at the receiving end of such labels although they had only demanded what was rightfully theirs.
He said Islam teaches that patience too has its limits.
“Only Malays who are too stupid, weak in their faith and who are spiritually lost are not aware to the point that they lose their identity in their own land,” the Marang MP said in a statement today.
He added that the Malays lag behind other communities as a result of colonial policies to keep them in rural areas.
“So the Malays and other Bumiputeras were neglected and left far behind.”
He also said the Malays had opposed the colonialists and rejected working with them.
“This is different from the other races who were brought here and were ready to become their workers and slaves, be it officers or coolies,” he added.
He said constitutional guarantees were not enough to help the Malays catch up with others.
If the Malays were racist, he added, they would not have agreed to give the “migrant races” citizenship or to accord them political, religious and educational rights.