A spate of incendiary speeches, news reports of planned demonstrations on 8 December and messages provoking hatred circulating through social media in the last two weeks are cause for alarm. Persatuan Patriot Kebangsaan (Patriot) is concerned that the protest against the ratification of the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination has been used as a catalyst to possibly stage a planned riot and chaos in different parts of the country.
The increasing tempo of the protests even after our prime minister has stated that we will not ratify the UN convention, the concerted attacks on DAP leaders and “bangsa DAP”, the accusation that the deputy defence Minister was a DAP spy, the accusation that the finance minister was diverting funds for Malay students to Chinese temples, the unconfirmed reports of bible distribution in Penang and Kedah, and the threat to instigate May 13 racial strife – these are connected happenings and not isolated events.
Speeches and messages by leaders of the newly formed NGO, Gagasan 3, viraled through social media, are aimed at provoking hatred and instigate a racial riot. These so-called leaders of Gagasan 3 are nobodies and have never been seen to champion any issue of national importance. They are incapable of articulating issues, even of race and religion, in a civil and intelligent manner.
Who benefits if there is racial strife and ruin? The answer is obvious. There are several leaders from the previous administration awaiting trial and under investigation. The stakes for them are high, and like drowning men, they will do anything, even destroy our nation.
Patriot urges the inspector general of police and the police to closely monitor all hate speech and viraled messages by the group out to create trouble. Nip the problem in the bud before things get out of control.
Retired Brigadier General Dato Mohamed Arshad Raji is president of Persatuan Patriot Kebangsaan.