Gerakan calls on NUCC to take up minister’s suggestion to remove race category from forms Mah Siew Keong: Gerakan’s membership form does not have the race category truly depicts the party’s identity as a party for all Malaysians and fight for common

Press statement by

Gerakan National President

Dato’ Mah Siew Keong

24 February 2014

Gerakan National President Dato’ Mah Siew Keong threw his support on a call made by Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Tan Sri Joseph Kurup yesterday that Malaysia should take a major step towards creating a single national identity by removing the “race” category from all forms. Mah was certain that the move is important in our bid to promote social integration and build a society with a common identity as Malaysian.

Mah called on the National Unity Consultative Council to take up the suggestion from Tan Sri Koseph Kurup and make the much awaited recommendation to the government. He believed the nation will be benefited in the long run from this seemingly small adjustment and its significance could prove vital to the country’s future in realizing a unified Malaysian society.

“It is sad that racial identification is still prevalent in the society especially while dealing with civil service matters. It is hoped that persisting issues such as racism, racial profiling and discrimination can be curtailed through this measure. I believe the removal of “race” category in forms would give rise to a more integrated society with a commonly shared identity as Malaysian,” said Mah.

Mah also stressed that government leaders must show true leadership and political will by adopting the visionary suggestion as it is consistent with the 1Malaysia concept. He added that Gerakan as a multiracial party does not have the race category in its very own membership form which truly depicts the party’s identity as a political party for all Malaysians regardless of race and religion which fights for common ground.

 

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