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Take firm action against extremists in our midst

Politicians who raise racial and religious sensitivities to higher notches must be stopped immediately

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The recent Molotov cocktail attack at the residence of Beruas MP Ngeh Koo Ham from the DAP indicates the existence of extremists in our midst. 

This multi-racial, multi-religious nation of ours cannot be subjected to such attacks. They must be stopped. 

There must be fear of and love for the rule of law. 

The blaze from the Molotov cocktail on 10 January destroyed the MP’s three vehicles and front porch.

Ngeh may have forgiven the perpetrators. But that does not negate the gravity of the crime. 

If a passer-by had not awakened the family, the consequences would have been unimaginable. 

It is time we went beyond merely condemning such violence. 

We need actions to be taken to drive fear into the hearts of would-be extremists who disregard the rule of law. If we fail to get tough, what is there to stop race and religious rage from creating strife in the country? 

Some politicians who raise racial and religious sensitivities to higher notches must be stopped immediately. 

Such politicising of sentiments has driven deeper wedges between the people. It has also emboldened would-be extremists to take the law into their own hands. 

We have our rulers who know how to deal with extreme religious matters that have frayed ethnic sensitivities. We certainly do not need politicians to spike our multicultural society with their poison arrows of divisiveness. 

Likewise, religious leaders should play a more affirmative role in ensuring that extremist views and sentiments are bridled. 

More importantly, we need to educate the people and inculcate in them the universal values of acceptance and inclusivity.

I pray that the attack on the DAP MP will be the last of such incidents and hope that respect, acceptance, reason and sensibility will be our favoured future pathway. 

The “Madani” (civil and compassionate) government must act firmly and decisively. 

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Raymond Rayan
Raymond Rayan
21 Jan 2024 9.49am

well said. extreme measure must be taken irrespective of who they are and what position they hold in our society. If not, they will destroy what our forefathers have tried to create a peace and loving country away from all this racial and religious hatred and rumour mongering which will do more harm than good.

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