Politicians stoke fear as Malaysia faces elections

Mustafa K. Anuar

The writer says fear-mongers should not be fearful of harnessing our ethnic and religious diversity for peace and progress of our beloved Malaysia. – The Malaysian Insight file pic, July 11, 2023.

Commentary by Mustafa K. Anuar

FEDERAL Territories Umno Youth information chief Wan Agyl Wan Hassan recently urged competing parties to cease fear-mongering as an instrument to gain people’s support ahead of the August 12 state elections.

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  • "Such a narrative resonates with that of Sanusis party leader Abdul Hadi Awang, who recently reportedly said DAP is perpetuating the plan started by the colonial British to destroy Malay and Bumiputera supremacy with the support of Malays who have forgotten their roots. They had a plan? Is that why they fought the Japanese to free Malaya? Or helped out in Borneo when Indonesia tried to annex territory illegally? Of course, the British were defending British businesses operating in the area but that was not the only motivation.
    When a country allows its history to be forgotten, or distorted then this sort of disinformation is easily believed, especially as a growing section of society is not being educated in the full curriculum but attending religious schools that do not teach the history of the Nation (or much else). Uneducated people are easily manipulated so they are key to the success of parties wishing to impose their views on the rest of the population.

    Posted 4 months ago by Malaysia New hope