Koh condemns hate and violent acts

KUALA LUMPUR: All forms of violence during the election campaign period should be stopped immediately as it does not reflect Malaysia's democratic and peaceful society.


Gerakan president Tan Sri Dr Koh Tsu Koon said the recent bomb attacks at BN's Nibong Tebal ops centre is testament of a new culture brewing in the country political scenario.

"I condemn any act of violence and hate in political campaigning. We can always have healthy rivalry but do not stoop so low that we initiate violence against each other.

"The excessive hate campaigns and personal attacks are fast becoming the norm of political campaigning in social media," he said at the Gerakan headquarters, here.

The minister in the Prime Minister's Department said even personalities who showed their political allegiance were harshly condemned and denied the right to express their views.

Koh mentioned Hong Kong-based Malaysian actress Michelle Yeoh who was heavily criticised because she had expressed her support for the Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak at a dinner in Selangor.

"We are given space to debate democratically but people are resorting to hate speeches," he said.

"This has to stop because we are throwing away the good values, integrity and harmony that our society is based upon.

"It is a very irresponsible culture. We shouldn't talk about change if this the change that we want."

Koon added that his views coincided with that of seven Buddhist associations lead by the Young Buddhist Association of Malaysia, which had urged Malaysian society to condemn all forms of violence in election campaigning. 






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