Social activist: Chinese, Indians deserve better
PETALING JAYA: Chinese and Indian Malaysians should go live somewhere else as racial harmony in the country is not as good as it used to be.
This is the view of photographer and social activist Eddie Putera.
In a recent Facebook posting, Eddie suggested that the Chinese and Indians start collecting funds to buy “any place in the world” to build a new country saying that they “don’t deserve to be treated this badly”.
“And if you want to allow the Malays a chance to chip in or share, please invite me as I want to move too.
“Let’s all go together to build this new country and live together in harmony once again. I don’t think I’m the only Malay who wants to join you, many more also want to leave.”
He claimed that racial harmony in the past was much more prevalent than it is now, adding that the Chinese helped make the country’s economy strong while the Malays made sure that the country was managed properly and the Indians, who also engaged in business, provided support to the country’s human resources and think tanks.
“But that was then. Now things have become a mess with the Malays sticking with the Malays, the Chinese sticking with the Chinese and the Indians also following suit,” he said.
“If you don’t believe me, just go to a shopping mall and you’ll see that it has become a rare sight for all three races to be hanging out together.”
He also pointed out cases, including the Low Yat Plaza incident last November, where a fight broke out between the Malays and Chinese, and an incident last September where a riot broke out in Petaling Street involving the Red Shirts protesters.
He added that Malays had also become overly sensitive and afraid of Christian churches and restaurants selling pork.
“Malays have become afraid of seeing churches. Before this, Malays who went to primary schools had already been exposed to Christian crosses. If you don’t believe me, go and ask the kids from Saint John’s Institution. My younger sibling went to Convent Bukit Nanas where the headmistress was a nun dressed in robes. But all of us are still devout Muslims.
Yes, I remember too long, long ago eons ago before Mahathir came into office. Now its getting worse, God help us!