It was less than a year ago that many Malaysians felt so upbeat when the general election heralded in a new Malaysia. Remember the jubilation we felt at the prospect of a new dawn?
But recent political developments tell us that the politics of race and religion is still deep-rooted.
Back then social media like Facebook and messaging apps like Whatsapp were used to create awareness of the kleptocracy in our midst. These tools were used to rally Malaysians together to make a change.
But the same tools are now being used to stir up divisive sentiments on the basis of race and religion. Such damaging rhetoric has to be properly managed. The government, religious institutions, educational establishments and think thanks have to counter such divisive rhetoric by putting forward a more inclusive approach that truly celebrates the nation’s diversity. Full article on Aliran website