Tue. Apr 16th, 2024

Press statement by Member of Parliament for Bukit Bendera, Syerleena Abdul Rashid, Kuala Lumpur – 7th March 2024

Let’s stand together against hate

The recent discovery of notes warning Housing and Local Government Minister, Nga Kor Ming ‘to not challenge Islam’ that were found scattered outside his parents’ residence in Ayer Tawar, should not be seen as a mere isolated case but rather a stark reminder of the poisonous presence of religious extremism and hate-mongering tactics within our society. It is utterly condemnable and reprehensible that such vitriolic sentiments have found their way into our communities.

As citizens of a democratic and multiracial nation like Malaysia, it is imperative that we reject and denounce any form of discrimination or bigotry based on religion, ethnicity, or any other grounds.

Religious extremism, in any form, poses a grave threat to the fabric of our society. It seeks to divide us along arbitrary lines, promoting intolerance and sowing seeds of discord among our fellow citizens. We must vehemently oppose such ideologies and work towards fostering an environment of mutual respect, understanding, and acceptance.

It is deeply troubling and disheartening when irresponsible individuals resort to such despicable acts to sow seeds of discord and division among Malaysians. Such actions not only undermine the unity of our nation but also threaten the peace and stability that we all cherish.

In a nation as diverse as Malaysia, we must cherish and celebrate our differences in religious beliefs, cultural practices, and traditions. It is through embracing this diversity that we can truly thrive as a society. However, this diversity should never be used as a tool for division or hatred.

Compassion and empathy should be the guiding principles in our interactions with one another. We must strive to empathize with the experiences and perspectives of those from different backgrounds, seeking common ground and mutual understanding. After all, this is the essence of a harmonious and inclusive society.

Respect for one another, regardless of our religious affiliations, is paramount. Malaysians must continue to recognize and uphold the inherent dignity and rights of every individual, irrespective of their beliefs or identity. Any attempt to undermine this fundamental principle is an attack on the values that define us as Malaysians.

As responsible citizens, it is incumbent upon us to stand united against bigotry, hatred, and religious extremism. We must actively challenge and confront any form of discrimination or intolerance, both within our communities and in the public sphere.

We must unequivocally condemn any form of discrimination or bigotry, especially when it seeks to divide us along religious or ethnic lines. Religious extremism, in particular, poses a serious threat to our unity and must be vehemently opposed. There can be no place for bigotry or extremism in our society, and those who seek to promote such ideologies must be held accountable for their actions.

It is deeply concerning when individuals resort to hate-filled tactics to sow discord among us. Such actions not only undermine our unity but also threaten the peace and stability of our nation.

Authorities must take swift and decisive action against those responsible for spreading hateful messages, across all platforms, as there can be no room for intolerance in our society, and those who promote such ideologies must be held accountable.

Let us reaffirm our commitment to building a Malaysia where inclusivity, tolerance, and respect are the cornerstones of our society.

SYERLEENA ABDUL RASHID
MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT FOR BUKIT BENDERA