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PUSAT KOMAS on Elected Reps & Inter-Ethnic Relationship PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 07 December 2020 14:47
Press Statement for Immediate Release

Elected representatives must be sensitive about inter-ethnic relationship

With reference to the two racially insensitive course of actions navigated by Jeram Assemblymen, Shaid Rosli and Kedah Chief Minister, Muhammed Sanusi Md. Nor, Pusat KOMAS strongly condemns both parties for lacking sensitivity and worst of all – common sense in championing a harmonious inter-ethnic relationship.
The former’s idea of closing down the selling of alcohol in the non-halal section designated for non-Muslim customers is unequivocally amateurish as his reasons to maintain cleanliness is superficial or lacks genuineness compared to his “Malay Territory” claim. Here, we would like to correct the nature of his statement that it is largely populated by Malays but not an exclusive area for a single ethnic group. Even so, the decision of closing down the alcohol section based on the number of residences’ ethnicity, although the supermarket is adhering to proper procedures, is unnecessary and politically motivated.
Pusat KOMAS discourages Shaid Rosli and his like minded colleagues from misusing such situations for personal political mileage but instead take a bold step as enshrined in the Federal Constitution to educate and raise awareness on the importance of respecting the rights of the minorities in this beautiful country.
Muhammed Sanusi however, has gone a step backward in regurgitating the long-existing ethnic stereotypes associating Indians with toddy. While consumption of alcohol is a personal choice where ethnicity or religious belief could not be the specific criteria for one to consume alcohol, this supposedly forward-thinking Chief Minister has once again proven his incapability of leading a state and its people.
Both accounts exhibit to us that the elected representatives have forgotten that their victory in the previous election was a collective contribution of people from all walks of life. And, as a responsible person living in a multi-ethnic society, they must be accountable to their actions and speeches without any traces or inclinations to discriminate against any Malaysians regardless of their ethnicity and religious beliefs.
Pusat KOMAS would like to caution the elected representatives that they are here to serve the people regardless of personal biases and prejudices. If they are unable to do so, these representatives must resign and let people-minded candidates fill their shoes in the future.
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Wakil rakyat yang dilantik harus peka dengan hubungan antara etnik

Merujuk kepada dua kejadian yang tidak menghiraukan sensitiviti kaum yang dilakukan oleh Ahli Dewan Undangan Negeri (ADUN) Jeram, Shaid Rosli dan Menteri Besar Kedah, Muhammed Sanusi Md. Nor, Pusat KOMAS dengan tegas mengecam tindakan dan sikap mereka yang tidak mempertimbangkan  sensitiviti dan kepentingan  memupuk  hubungan antara etnik yang harmoni.
Idea Shaid Rosli untuk menghentikan penjualan alkohol di bahagian “tidak halal” yang dikhaskan untuk pelanggan bukan Muslim adalah tidak masuk akal atas asas  kebersihan atau dakwaan tidak berasas beliau yang menyatakan bahawa kawasan tersebut merupakan kawasan orang Melayu . Di sini, kita ingin menegaskan bahawa walaupun kawasan tersebut didiami oleh populasi yang majoriti penduduk Melayu namun ianya bukanlah suatu kawasan eksklusif untuk satu-satu kumpulan etnik sahaja. Biarpun pasar tersebut telah patuh kepada prosedur operasi yang piawai, keputusan untuk menutup bahagian yang menjual alkohol tersebut berdasarkan kepada komposisi kaum penduduk  adalah tidak perlu dan bermotifkan politik.
Pusat KOMAS meminta agar Shaid Rosli dan rakan-rakan beliau yang mempunyai pemikiran yang seumpamanya untuk tidak menyalahgunakan situasi tersebut untuk kepentingan politik peribadi dan sebaliknya mengambil tindakan berani seperti yang termaktub di dalam Perlembagaan Persekutuan untuk mendidik dan menimbulkan kesedaran mengenai kepentingan untuk menghormati hak minoriti di negara ini.
Muhammed Sanusi pula telah mengambil “langkah kebelakang” dengan membangkitkan semula stereotaip mengaitkan etnik India dengan minuman todi yang telah lama wujud. Meminum alkohol adalah pilihan peribadi dan tidak menjadi kriteria secara khusus kepada mana-mana etnik atau pegangan agama. Dengan mengaitkan sesuatu etnik sebagai satu-satunya kriteria peminum alkohol, Muhammed Sanusi telah jelas membuktikan beliau tidak mempunyai kemampuan untuk memimpin negeri serta rakyatnya.
Kedua-dua insiden menunjukkan kepada kita bahawa wakil rakyat yang telah dipilih ini telah melupakan kemenangan mereka pada pilihanraya yang lalu adalah sumbangan bersama rakyat dari segenap lapisan masyarakat. Sebagai individu yang hidup di dalam masyarakat berbilang etnik, mereka mesti bertanggungjawab dalam tindakan serta perkataan mereka dengan menjauhi dari sebarang elemen diskriminasi terhadap mana-mana rakyat Malaysia tanpa mengira etnik serta pegangan agama.
Pusat KOMAS ingin mengingatkan wakil rakyat yang telah dipilih ini bahawa peranan mereka adalah untuk berkhidmat kepada rakyat tanpa dikelabui dengan kecenderungan peribadi serta prejudis. Sekiranya mereka tidak berupaya untuk memenuhi permintaan ini, mereka sepatutnya meletakkan jawatan dan memberi laluan kepada calon-calon yang mengutamakan rakyat untuk mengambil alih peranan mereka pada masa hadapan.
Disediakan oleh,
Pusat KOMAS.
6 Disember 2020.

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