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Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Racial profiling in Malaysia ~ Time to nip it in the bud!

Every time we read the news in the paper where it concerns members of the Indian community, chances are that we will hear of those chaps beaten black and blue and some even die in custody before even making it to the courts of justice!


When I came across this news of an Indian mechanic who was wrongfully arrested and bashed till his leg was broken by both members of RELA and the cops at the police station to which he was taken to, I felt both angry and sad that such a situation exists in this multi-ethnic, multi-faithed nation of ours!


Naturally, the HRP @ Human Rights Party or HINDRAF will rise to the occasion and take up this issue as its latest battlecry demanding justice for the victim!


Who else would bother if not them?


In a sense what HRP is demanding is right but at the same time, the HRP can be so delusional and border on insanity in the manner by which they go about demanding this or that from either the Malaysian Government or from the UK, home of the former British Colonials who brought in the Indians to what was once British Malaya to work as coolies in the rubber estates of yore. 
I'm sure that most of you still remember the stunt pulled by Uthayakumar and his orange shirted fellow HINDRAF members where he demanded RM1,000,000.00 for each Malaysian Indian as compensation from the British for bringing them over here to Malaysia (Malaya) and now suffering injustice at the hands of the Malaysian Government (according to him). 


I blogged about it here.


The thing is that it distresses most of us Malaysians to see all these taking place. One trend that I see is that most of these vicious beatings upon the Indian suspects taken into custody at our police stations are generally carried out by the Indians in the police force itself as evidenced in the late Kugan's death whilst being incarcerated in the police lockup and mechanic S.Mogan's case here.


Why does this happen?


Maybe due to the fact that years of indoctrination amongst our Malaysian populace that if we see an Indian and a snake on the road, better whack the Indian first mentality?


I'm not saying that all Malaysian Indians are so infallible and deserve to be left alone or what?


Criminals exist in every community and strata of our Malaysian society regardless of their ethnicity and faith.


To broadly insinuate that all Malaysian Indians can't be trusted and ought to be dealt with as harshly as possible is a gross injustice and goes against the dictates of our Constitution and that of Islam.


The Blessed Prophet Muhammad Sallalahu Alaihi Wassallam forbade us from discriminating against anyone based upon the color of their skin or social position.


We are now witnessing the 2nd and 3rd generation of Malaysians living in a culture and climate that reeks of racial profiling and the manner by which this injustice is being perpetuated almost daily worries me.


Where do we see this trend of victimizing lead to?


Are we willing to suffer the consequences of our relatively harmonious society explode one day in the near future pitting Malaysians against each other just because we differ from one another ethnically or by faith?
PM Najib's rallying call to unite as 1Malaysia ought to be taken literally and put to practice or it will end up to be just another blatantly rhetoric propaganda exercise?


The tendency to blow things out of proportion that seems to be the HRP @ banned HINDRAF's rallying call ought to be also put to rest and its objectives pursued within the available legal scope and not pit Indians against their Federal Malaysian Government.


There are many ways through which we can start to solve the Indians and other ethnic issues in this country.


Beating suspects senseless before being charged in court ought to be stopped and this tendency be nipped in the bud so to speak! 


Can't say the same for those caught red-handed committing vicious crimes against the Malaysian populace such as murder, assault or rape?


The human emotion can rage uncontrolled due to personal anguish and the need to seek vengeance after suffering any such calamity thus it is understandable if there are some victims who seek retribution against the crooks!


To cap it off, I just ask that we deal with any upcoming issues based upon a case by case basis and not blindly give in to our tempers and let loose upon anyone just because they are different from us in the first place?


We are all the Children of Prophet Adam Alaihis Salam and we are enjoined to be kind and considerate towards all without succumbing to the racist instigations coming from those who have vested interests and are just out to further their own selfish agendas.


May we all be blessed and guided in our actions leading to peace and harmony in the real true spirit of Malaysia Boleh!


Ameen.

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