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Media should stop highlighting divisive comments from politically bankrupt leaders

It is the media's social responsibility to promote and protect the peace and harmony in society

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By Medalene Sim

It is deeply disappointing and sad that an elder statesman could make an unfounded statement, a deceiving claim, that multiculturalism is against the Federal Constitution of Malaysia.

Such venomous comments, filled with lies and figments of his imagination, go well beyond what many would expect of a responsible statesman.

In Malaysia, we often see political leaders who are compromised and bankrupt of ideas to rebuild the nation, pulling out the race-and-religion card to dupe the people and stir disunity and hatred – all for the personal greed, power and interest of these leaders.

Earlier generations had put in tremendous effort to build this nation into a peaceful and united multi-racial society over the last six decades. 

Let us not allow the uncalled for hatred and venom spewed from irresponsible leaders to tear the fabric of our peace-loving society.

The least that the media can do is not to give any editorial space for such harmful and divisive comments. It is the media’s social responsibility to promote and protect the peace and harmony in society.

Let us all do our part to cultivate love and peace among the people, so that we and the younger generation can have a better future in a progressive and successful Malaysia.

Save and love Malaysia!

Medalene Sim is a Penang-based civil society member

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Dr Patricia Gomez
Dr Patricia Gomez
9 Jul 2023 1.45pm


Gursharan Singh
Gursharan Singh
9 Jul 2023 10.29am

Is it possible for ‘Media should stop highlighting divisive comments from politically bankrupt leaders’ when it may provide higher readerships and thus revenues via advertisements and some media may be suspected/perceived to even control directly/indirectly by the same politicians?

Is it not a common perception that perceived/suspected ‘politically bankrupt leaders’ are there for own interests and rarely for the rakyat whose interests they claim to represent and yet remain active regardless of their advanced age or poor health as may be indicated by their periodical sickness ‘holidays’ in high cost medical facilities which costs may be borne by taxpayers?

Bless all

Khoo Soo Hay
Khoo Soo Hay
6 Jul 2023 9.41am

It is time we stop reading him. He has done enough for the country, good or bad, mostly bad for his own ends.

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