摒弃种族政治旧框架,多元思维才能抗衡极端

针对爱国党副主席范清渊日前筹备设立“非土著权威组织”(PERJASA)一事,隆雪华堂与林连玉基金认为,只强调族群权益,无法抗衡极端偏激的单一思维,唯有推动多元思维才能体现多元精神,壮大公民社会。

我国在308后的政治面貌已改变,国人已唾弃种族政治,反观许多政治人物的心态并未与时俱进。无论是“土权”、“华社土权”或“非土著权威组织”,它们的视野仍然限缩在种族政治框架内 ,无法超越文化、宗教和种族的藩篱。

虽然“非土著权威组织”宣称坚决反对采取极端手段的斗争方法,不会像“土著权威组织”那样偏激,尤其在非土著的课题上,将根据事实作出评论,但是这项种族想象,只能狭隘地看见“土著”与“非土著”之别,同时又进一步渲染种族之间的差异,完全无视原住民、外籍配偶、外籍劳工等弱势群体的现况,更遑论去追求多元社会普遍认同的价值。

只要依循民主运作规则,实施公平竞争,种族政治属自然感情的反应,任何人都不能把它污名化。但是某些政治人物为了权力,往往只诉诸动员成本最低的种族情操来争取支持,是极不道德的做法。

因此,政治人物应反躬自省,在消极上,以挑拨族群的言论和行为为禁忌;在积极上,拥抱不同种族与群体,推动多元文化思维,在平等、包容、尊重的基础上寻求个人和国家的生存。这是国家发展的康庄大道,也是国内少数族群唯一可以依赖的努力方向。

隆雪华堂会长陈友信
林连玉基金主席杜乾焕博士

英文版

Joint Statement: Ban Racism and Extremism to Promote Plurality of Society

In response to Parti Cinta Malaysia (PCM) vice-president Huan Cheng Guan’s decision to set up a non-bumiputra rights group, called “Perjasa” to fight for the rights of the non-Bumiputras in a non-extreme way, the KL & Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall (KLSCAH), together with Lim Lian Geok (LLG) Cultural Development Centre are standing firm on opposing the idea of racism, because only through promoting plurality in thinking that our civil society can be further strengthen.

The political landscape after 2008 General Election has changed in a massive way, especially the mentality of the people which spurns racial politics. However, many of the politicians seem to be unaware and their mind sets are still far behind. “Perkasa”, “Chinese Perkasa” or “Perjasa”, all these are none other than politics which run in the framework of racism and they will never breakthrough the cultural, religious and race barrier among the people.

Although Perjasa claims to be different from Perkasa’s ultra colour and will fight for non-Bumiputeras’ rights based on the facts, these are racial imaginations which only see the difference between Bumiputera and non-Bumiputera. What about indigenous people, migrated spouse and migrated workers? The Perjasa never aims at promoting plural values of the society.

Politics based on the principles of democracy and fair competition will never be stigmatised, even though it may arouse natural sense of belongings among the races. The problem is some politicians opt for a simpler and immoral way to gain power, which is to agitate racial sentiments of their supporters.

Hence, it’s self-reflection time for the politicians. Stop all kinds of racist speeches and actions and put more effort in promoting the plurality of races based on the principles of justice, tolerance and understanding. This is the only road to success for our nation, and also for all minority groups in the country.

President of KLSCAH
Tan Yew Sin

Chairman of LLG Cultural Development Centre
Dr Toh Kin Woon

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