I refer to the letter by lmnitm entitled Stop labelling me... The writer says he/she feels people are 'going on the offense' by boycotting Maybank and other organisations that practice discriminatory policies. Labelling people who choose not to support companies that practice discriminatory policies as 'going on the offense' is quite laughable.
I don't know why the writer feels assaulted; perhaps lmnitm has been a victim of racism and stereotyped as being lazy (amongst other things). But that's just as wrong as stereotyping any race negatively which is different than ours. Or 'treating' another race as less worthy than another. They are all wrong and reek of injustice. Full stop.
So how can not giving support to discriminatory practices be tantamount to inciting violence? The writer speaks of riots resulting from boycotts. Now that is dangerous. Perhaps the writer fails to see that what we should be fighting against is not who is bumi or who is not, but unjust values itself.
If you're a victim of racism, or have witnessed racism, then speak up and do something about it to change things (not by perpetuating racism!). If you're being treated unfairly, then speak up and do something about that too. Bear in mind that not giving business to a bank to voice your stand against being treated unfairly, is not the same as resorting to violence and riots against random people only connected by skin colour. There should never be an excuse for racism, insitutionalised or otherwise.
I urge more bumiputeras to stand up and speak up towards a just Malaysia, to encourage dialogue and to denounce those who speak of violence or simply unjust or unsound values. As the majority in this country, your actions or inaction will go far.