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Wednesday, July 15, 2015

The Low Yat incident could have been worse


Salleh Said Keruak



Member of Parliament for Lembah Pantai Nurul Izzah Anwar said that the violence at the Low Yat Plaza over the weekend is the result of BTN indoctrination. I would like to remind Nurul Izzah that her father, Anwar Ibrahim, was one of the key players in BTN when he was in the government.

The Low Yat incident was a dispute over a mobile phone that was turned into a racial issue. It actually had nothing to do with race. It just happened to be that one party in the dispute was Malay and the other Chinese.

And this is a problem created by the media, the social media included. When a dispute between two people occurs why does the media insist on mentioning the race of those people as if race is the issue? It is merely a dispute between two people, not between two races.

Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak has demonstrated how serious he is at curtailing this problem or else it could have been worse. The Prime Minister is not playing favourites when it comes to racial issues and it does not matter who are involved -- all will be arrested irrespective of who they are.

Those of us in Sabah and Sarawak support any strong action by the Prime Minister to stop all this racism once and for all without fear or favour. Probably this is the time to apply preventive detention so that we can stop bloodshed before it happens rather than take action only after lives have been lost.

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