Chest-thumping unnerves non-Malays

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"Malay rights cannot be challenged, otherwise the Malays will run amok and the May 13 (1969) riots will happen all over again."

"The non-Malays are challenging us, it is time to raise our voices and defend the race and Islam.''

"We are willing to risk lives and bathe in blood to defend our race and religion. Don't play with fire. If they mess with our rights, we will mess with theirs.''

These words uttered over five days at the Umno general assembly from Nov 17 have shaken public confidence in the party of not only non-Muslims but also from many among moderate Muslims.

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