A chance for UM to prove its worth — Mariam Mokthar

Source: FMT News


University Malaya - file pic

University Malaya – file pic

In deciding to investigate an allegation of racism against one of its associate professors, Universiti Malaya gives itself an opportunity to prove to the Malaysian public that it upholds a high standard of decency.

We await the findings of the five-member investigation panel and the university’s follow-up action.

However, one wonders whether Universiti Malaya would have bothered to look into the matter if it hadn’t received a directive from the Education Ministry. Indeed, it did not have to wait for the directive. It should have maintained an alertness to issues that might affect its reputation and it should act speedily.

The allegation came in a Facebook posting by a student. The article, titled “Voice of an Indian student”, has gone viral.

The student said the lecturer, in reprimanding her and another student, dispensed with the courtesy of calling them by their names and instead called them “India”. Read more

Lives can be ruined by religious-tinged racism – Mariam Mokhtar

Source: FMT News


The claim that Islamic law affects only Muslims does not ring true.

As the conference on overcoming racism, organised by Saya Anak Bangsa Malaysia, gets underway in Melbourne, some people may be wondering how to counter the racism in Malaysia, which is tinged with religious undertones.

My Filipina and Indonesian friends say that during Ramadhan, they have been embarrassed when religious officials question them for eating in public in the daytime. My Catholic friends from Sabah and Sarawak have often been mistaken for Muslims.

They also claim that on a few occasions, they have not received a warm reception from restaurateurs who serve non-halal food. They say the proprietors want them to finish their meal quickly and leave because they want to avoid unwanted attention from religious officials, who may barge into the premises and accuse them of serving non-halal food to Muslims. It’s not good for business.

Religious officials forget that Ibans or Kadazans may look Malay, but they are not. The same goes with some Malaysians of mixed Indian and Chinese parentage. Read more

NGO concerned over racial profiling of criminals

Source: The Malay Mail Online

Komas Director Jerald Joseph - TMI file pic

Komas Director Jerald Joseph – TMI file pic

PETALING JAYA, March 21 — The “trend” of racialising criminality indicates increasing racial discrimination in Malaysia, a human rights group said today.

Pusat Komas was referring to the brawl at Low Yat Plaza and demonstration at Kota Raya last year, where incidents of mobile phone theft and cheating at the respective malls in the city centre had turned into racially charged issues.

“In 2015, a new trend of racial discrimination became evident when several incidents of criminal acts were used to justify racial discrimination and stir up unrest among different races,” Pusat Komas said in its inaugural report on racial discrimination here today. Read more

Enact anti-discrimination, hate speech laws, Suhakam urges Putrajaya

Source: The Malay Mail Online


According to Cenbet’s survey released last week, Malaysians in the peninsular are categorised as ‘average or selectively racist’. — Picture by Choo Choy May

KUALA LUMPUR, March 21 — The Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (Suhakam) today revived calls on the federal government to introduce fresh legislation outlawing hate speech and discrimination, saying the laws were necessary to end racism here.

The commission also urged Putrajaya to accede to the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (ICERD), an accord that would compel Malaysia to enact such laws in order to eliminate racial discrimination and promote understanding among races.

“Malaysia continues to be confronted with evidence that it is still far from realising the goal of inter-ethnic, racial and religious harmony that our founding fathers had strived to achieve,” Suhakam said in a statement issued in conjunction with the International Elimination of Racial Discrimination Day today. Read more

Launch of the Malaysian Racial Discrimination Report 2015


Pusat KOMAS will be organizing a report launch of “Malaysia Racial Discrimination Report 2015”.
The launch event will be in a forum panel method, where the esteemed speakers will be sharing their insights on the topic of “The Current State of Racial Discrimination in Malaysia”. The details of the Malaysia Racial Discrimination Report 2015 launch is as below:


Date: 21st March 2016
Time: 10 am – 12.30 pm
Venue: Armada Hotel, Petaling Jaya
The speakers for the launch and forum are as below:

Report Launch:

  • Mr. Jerald Joseph (Pusat KOMAS)
  • Mr. Ryan Chua (Pusat KOMAS)

Speakers for Forum:

  • YB Hannah Yeoh (Speaker of Selangor State Legislative Assembly)
  • Dato Saifuddin Abdullah (Former NUCC Member)
  • Associate Professor Dr Andrew Aeria (UNIMAS)
  • Mr. Azrul bin Mohd. Khalib (Malaysians for Malaysia)
  • Moderator: Mr. Jerald Joseph (Pusat KOMAS)

Peninsular Malaysians ‘average or selectively’ racist, NGO’s racism index shows

Source: The Malay Mail Online

KUALA LUMPUR, March 17 ― Malaysians in the peninsula are “average or “selectively” racist, Centre for a Better Tomorrow (Cenbet) said today, citing findings from a recent survey conducted for its Racism Index.

According to the index unveiled this morning, peninsular Malaysians scored 59.1 per cent on the index, putting them in the “average or selectively racist” category, behind the categories “racist” and “moderately racist”.

Cenbet co-president Gan Ping Sieu said that the survey showed that although many Malaysians here do not see themselves racist, their answers appeared to indicate they still have racist tendencies.

“Despite what we say, we are generally and selectively racist in nature. We have shades of racism in us,” he said. Read more

Nazir Razak: No to racism

Source: The Star Online

PETALING JAYA: CIMB Group chairman Datuk Seri Nazir Tun Razak has taken to social media to talk about the need to fight racism.

“Racism needs to be fought with clear definitions and legal framework from govt, active campaigns in schools etc and enforcement by police, parents, teachers, etc,” Nazir posted on his Instagram account on Monday.

He said this while showing his support for the British-based charity organisation ‘Show Racism the Red Card’. Read more