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What Malaysia desperately needs now is an end to corruption

Steve Oh

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Modified 29 Sep 2016, 4:23 am

COMMENT The Reform Agenda, cluttered as it is, has not been helped by the fledgling 'Johnny-come-lately' political party Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu), which is short on reformist political credibility because of its 'race-centric' stance. It is opportunistic in jumping on the reform bandwagon without the proper credentials.

If I were in Pakatan Harapan I would not accept any political party that promotes racism in whatever form or degree. There is no future for untenable ideas of governance. A nation deserves conditions that are fair to everyone. A good and competent government will know how to cater for everyone, but not a skewed and corrupt one.

Why do Muslims, not only refugees and foreigners, flock to Western countries where they are the minority? Yet those countries have the fairest laws and equal opportunity is an enshrined social justice principle in their laws and governance. It is a crime to discriminate against anyone, regardless of criterion.

If Bersatu is to replace Umno as the Malay alternative choice, a tall order, it sounds like retrograde politics and a tedious and roundabout way of settling personal political vendettas. A short-term gain, but national ideological loss is bad for any nation.

Race politics has a shelf-life and today's political shelves should be empty of racist or racial ideology and policies. Racism is anathema to nation-building...

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