Gerakan says 'like' to erasing 'race' in forms

A federal minister's proposal to remove the ‘race’ category from all government forms has gained another fan - Gerakan president Mah Siew Keong.

In a press statement, Mah said he backs this as an important move towards social integration and the building of a society with a common Malaysian identity.  

He urged the National Unity Consultative Council (NUCC) to take up the suggestion by Joseph Kurup, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department.

"It is sad that racial identification is still prevalent in 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," Mah said.

He noted that Gerakan, as a multi-racial party, does not have the race category in its membership form.

Lauding Kurup’s "visionary suggestion”, he stressed that this is  consistent with Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak’s 1Malaysia concept and should have the support of more government leaders.

Kurup, who is in charge of national unity, reportedly said yesterday that it is time for citizens to see themselves as “Malaysians” rather than as members of ethnic groups.

He said he would leave it to the NUCC to submit the proposal to the government.






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