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Practise racial tolerance, Gerakan Press statement by Penang Gerakan chairman Datuk Dr Teng Hock Nan

Gerakan has called on politicians, leaders of organizations, media, writers and others who have influence on society to lead by example and practice racial tolerance.

Penang Gerakan chairman Datuk Dr Teng Hock Nan said everyone should respect each other’s culture. “It is this diversity of culture that has made Malaysia what it is today.”

“We should play our role to minimize racial slant which is the stumbling block towards unity,” he said in a statement.

“With new ideas, dimension and tolerance as advocated by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, all quarters should work towards national integration,” Dr Teng added.

Dr Teng said Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin had hit the right track in calling on the people to refrain from using inflammatory words that could create unnecessary problems.

Muhyiddin had on Monday said that racially slanted statements were unacceptable and against the 1Malaysia concept and the rights of those who had been accorded citizenship were enshrined in the law.

The Deputy Prime Minister was asked to comment on the term pendatang (immigrant) published in a Malay daily on May 31.

The statement in the daily read: “Di manakah anda boleh mendapat layanan politik yang baik untuk kaum pendatang?” (Where can you find a place where immigrants get good political treatment?)

Muhyiddin, however hoped that the Malay daily, and all other newspapers, would have a “better understanding” when it came to racial issues in the future.