Politicians, NGO leaders risk racial unity with divisive rhetoric, warns Umno deputy

Umno deputy president Mohamad Hasan has raised concerns over the increasing trend of politicians and non-governmental organisation (NGO) leaders making statements that put racial unity at risk and create public unease. He highlighted that these individuals are willing to undermine fundamental rights, freedoms, and the integrity of public institutions, as well as inappropriately involve the royal institution in political matters.

“The mocking of Islam and the country’s main institutions is also getting louder. All this should not happen. The 21st century Malaysia should be better, with more quality and being more constitutional,” Mohamad said during the simultaneous launch of the Umno Women, Youth and Puteri assemblies.

He urged the younger generation in Umno and Malaysia as a whole to defend the Federal Constitution and guide the country towards a moderate and progressive path. Mohamad also encouraged young people to reinforce the Constitution by incorporating its values, which have contributed to a peaceful Malaysia, into their daily lives.

He emphasised the importance of the younger generation as watchdogs for the Constitution, ensuring adherence to it. They should thoroughly understand the Constitution and apply it to their lives.

“I am from a generation that grew up in a muhibbah (goodwill) Malaysian society and I miss the time that this country was a reflection of a multicultural homeland, harmonious and very united, founded on a just Constitution,” Mohamad added.

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Lee Shuyi

Lee is an expat writer living in Thailand. She specialises in Southeast Asian news for the Thaiger. When she's not writing, Lee enjoys immersing herself in Thai culture and learning Thai.