Gerakan wants action to be taken against ISMA Cheah Soon Hai: ISMA is spreading hate speech

Press statement by

Gerakan Deputy President

Dato’ Dr Cheah Soon Hai

17 May 2014

Gerakan Deputy President, Dato’ Dr Cheah Soon Hai has questioned why action has not been taken against Ikatan Muslimin Malaysia (ISMA) for labeling the Chinese as trespassers in Malaysia with more racial statement coming out from the organization. He said that such statements uttered by ISMA were considered as hate speech and detrimental to the nation.

“I would like to know why no action has been taken despite countless police reports been made against ISMA for labeling the Chinese as trespassers. In the meantime, as of today ISMA came out with another statement saying that a political party is capable of engineering a repeat of the May 13 incident.”

Dato’ Dr Cheah described that all these statements by ISMA can be considered as a form of hate speech to plant seeds of distrust among the various community in Malaysia.

“I would like to stress that the Chinese in Malaysia are already in their 4th or 5th generation who has ingrain in the Malaysian way of life. Today we can see that a Chinese enjoying their nasi lemak or roti canai despite the fact that these are not traditional Chinese food. Such implication means that the Chinese are already assimilated to the Malaysian lifestyle. Therefore to call a Chinese to return to China is totally inappropriate in nature as we have no other place to go.”

He continued by saying that political leaders should not speak through racial tones in abid to gain popularity at the expense of the nation.

“All these words of ‘Balik Cina or Balik India’, you will never hear it in the general public as they understand that Malaysia is their country. The irony is that all these racist statements were usually uttered by the very people that have been elected by all Malaysians regardless of race and religion in a bid to further their own selfish goals.”

Dato’ Dr Cheah also pointed out that the History subject taught in school has been skewed as it only glorifies a single race instead the contribution of every community to put Malaysia where it is today, therefore it has to be modified in line with the 1Malaysia concept by the Prime Minister. 

“Our History subject should be telling the truth that various races has indeed contributed to the formation & development of Malaysia today”

 

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