Best to battle racism bottom up

Opinion  |  Nathaniel Tan
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COMMENT | The International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (Icerd) is one of the hot button topics of the day.

In principle, I, of course, share many sentiments and the general ideology of those pushing for accession to the Icerd.

Racism is bad, and being in line with international standards of human rights is good. No argument there. I certainly wouldn’t be particularly upset or anything if Malaysia ultimately accedes to the Icerd.

I wonder though, if this truly is the most important front in the battle against racism in Malaysia and whether this is where we should be pouring our resources and (limited) political capital into.

Perhaps we should not focus primarily on seeking a legal instrument that may allow the government and other parties to compel institutions to change their policies with regards to race.

Instead, maybe the best way forward is to ... 

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