He has done it again. But this time around Perkasa chief Ibrahim Ali has pushed it too far by urging Malays to torch all Malay language Bibles that use the word Allah and any other religious Arabic words.

Ibrahim has actually incited the Malays to commit a crime. His senseless incitement is highly seditious and equally inflammatory, in multi-religious, multi-racial Malaysia.

It’s unforgiveable that Ibrahim, who is well aware of the possible explosive consequences of his remarks, carries on without giving two hoots about his statement.

He is clearly trying to cause a further split in an already divided nation. And it is appalling to note that ruling party members and leaders close to the ruling party always resort to using the race card as a way of magnifying the culture of fear to hold on to power.

So what I am saying is that Ibrahim is trying to once again pit the Malays against the non-Malays, not realising that by doing so he is insulting the Malays who are seeing through his shadow puppetry.

This is not the first time that the ultra Malay leader has indulged in insensitive verbal diarrhea. He has, one too many times, referred to the ethnic Chinese and Indian Malaysians as “pendatang” or immigrants. On various occasions, he has also told the Chinese and Indians to go back to their countries of origin if they raise issues relating to equal rights as citizens of this country.

But what is even more shocking is the statement by the Attorney General, Abdul Gani Patail, who has said he can’t act on Ibrahim’s seditious remarks unless a Bible is actually burnt or a police report is made against the head of Perkasa.

This only goes to show the double standards practiced by government agencies and most top-ranking civil servants in Malaysia who are not independent and favor the ruling coalition. But it is still unspeakable for Abdul Gani to disregard a statement that could potentially lead to chaos in the country if left unchecked.

While I hope Ibrahim will stop fanning anymore racial hatred in the future, I urge Abdul Gani to investigate the seditious and inflammatory remarks made by the Perkasa chief.

 

Charles Santiago

Member of Parliament, Klang

 

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