Federal Ministers issue stern warning against provoking racial, social tensions

The storefront of the KK Super Mart outlet at Jalan Stephen Yong taken on March 19, 2024.

KUCHING, April 2: The National Unity Minister Datuk Aaron Ago Dagang and Religious Affairs Minister Senator Dato Mohd Na’im Mokhtar have issued stern warnings against inciting racial polemics that could create social tensions among the diverse population in Malaysia.

In a joint statement today, both leaders have condemned all incidents concerning religious and racial sensitivities plaguing the country in recent weeks, including the recent Molotov cocktail attack on KK Mart Satok in Kuching by irresponsible individuals.

“The authorities, especially the Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM), must take firm action against any individual who violates the law and bring them to justice. Those involved must be punished accordingly as a lesson to all,” they urged.

Highlighting the gravity of the situation, the Committee for Inter-Religious Harmony (JK Harmoni) under the Ministry of National Unity and Malaysia Islamic Development Department will hold an emergency meeting to discuss incidents of racial and religious polemics disrupting the harmony of the people and country.

“We will take immediate steps to ensure the harmony of the people and the country,” the leaders added.

Furthermore, both Ministers reiterated their call for all parties to refrain from engaging in any actions that may incite or touch on religious sensitivities and to abide by the Federal Constitution.

“The community must always uphold life values. It is our duty as citizens to protect and defend the stability and security of the country from any threats of conflict, provocation, or hostility,” they stressed. — DayakDaily