February 27, 2019
The United Nations Association of Malaysia(UNAM) fully endorses and supports the statement issued on February 25th by the Chairman of SUHAKAM, Tan Sri Razali Ismail on the uncalled for, intemperate and controversial statement by YB Dato Sri Nazri AbdulB Dato Sri Nazri Abdul Aziz, Secretary General of Barisan Nasional.
The United Nations Association of Malaysia(UNAM) fully endorses and supports the statement issued on February 25th by the Chairman of SUHAKAM, Tan Sri Razali Ismail on the uncalled for, intemperate and controversial statement by YB Dato’ Sri Nazri had insinuated that the current incumbents in the positions of the Honourable Chief Justice, the Attorney General and the Minister of Finance in Malaysia were inappropriate persons to hold these offices on account of their ethnic or religious affinity. It has also been reported that there was some adverse reference by Dato Sri Nazri to vernacular schools which have been operating in the country for more than a century.
It is UNAM’s position that it is downright dishonest and disappointing to suggest that particular individuals are unsuited to hold certain positions of authority on account of their ethnic or religious affinity. This goes against the grain of the carefully crafted policy of the Malaysian Government since the early 1970s to work towards the elimination of the identification of race with certain occupations.
UNAM appreciates the efforts by successive Prime Ministers of Malaysia to manage the administration of inter-ethnic and inter religious relations in a rather complex situation in a carefully planned and sensitive way. This issue is largely the legacy of a protracted Divide-and-Rule policy and practice of a colonial power and is partly conditioned by the need for national unity and harmony.
Malaysia’s rich diversity and dynamism is remarkable. It is a source of strength for our country and has safeguarded the peace, harmony and growth aspirations of the people.
The President of UNAM YM Tengku Ahmad Rithauddeen wishes to draw attention to Goal 16 of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals in particular which clearly stipulates, inter alia, that Malaysia as a staunch supporter of the UN system is obliged to “promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels.”
It is the responsibility of all Malaysians to safeguard the peace and harmony in our nation.