Malaysia needs some serious soul-searching


Josh Hong

Scapegoating migrant workers has long been a convenient tool for the powers-that-be to cover up for their inefficacy. – The Malaysian Insight file pic, April 12, 2021.

I WAS shocked to read the news of a Pakistani whose genitals were severed by a group of unknown men in Klang early this week. What kind of a society we are living in these days? And who gave the perpetrators the right to commit such a heinous crime against a foreigner with impunity?

But I perhaps should not have been transfixed at all, knowing that Malaysia is increasingly plagued by xenophobia and hate speech against non-nationals. This time last year, the false allegation that a Rohingya man was insisting on full citizenship rights for Rohingya refugees triggered a virulent attack against the Rohingya community in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic.


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  • well written Josh. Hope that the people take heed in what you wrote

    Posted 5 months ago by Mike Mok