Several racial and religious issues have been happening in Peninsular Malaysia recently that are challenging the harmonious inter-racial and inter-faith relationships between the Muslims and non-Muslims.
Undoubtedly, the recent provocative actions and statements made by some fanatical NGO leaders have made many of the non-Muslim Malaysians feel demeaned and left in total exasperation as no action seems to be taken against these provocateurs.
And who can the non-Muslim Malaysians then turn to?
Sadly, the answer is none except to their respective Gods.
It is interesting to note that the Malaysian Christians have been showing exemplary attitude by remaining calm during this turbulent and chaotic times.
One must also remember that hundreds of thousands of Malays do not condone or even agree with the provocative and inflammatory actions or statements of these fanatical leaders as they would prefer to co-exist in harmony with the rest of the non-Muslims while going through their daily lifes.
It is high time for the Barisan Nasional and Pakatan Rakyat leaders to sit down and discuss all the racial and religious issues currently happening in Malaysia and to come out with concrete plans or solutions to avoid whatever is happening now.
After all, they are the servants of the people and not the other way round!
This is so since if the issues in Malaysia are not attended to immediately, a great irreparable divide will happen in the country and the losers will be the ordinary Malaysians themselves and not the political leaders.
The onus now is on the Barisan Nasional who are currently the Federal Government of the day to end all this.
However, it is saddening to note that several statements by some Barisan Nasional leaders are not helping at all in ending the current confusion.
In principle, when a certain leader is appointed as a Federal Cabinet Minister, he or she has to discharge his or her duties with fairness and full responsibility since he or she is a Minister for all Malaysians, irrespective of their race and religion.
Putrajaya is the office for all Malaysians and everyone should be equal.
This also augurs well with the Prime Minister’s slogan of 1Malaysia.
Christopher Toguk Masudal is with PKR, Sabah