Deep-rooted contentious issues hamper national unity

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KUCHING: Political observer Datuk Peter Minos has commended the new National Unity Policy, but pointed out that it will not be easy for national unity to be attained unless Malaysia is able to solve its racial and religious problems.

He said these deep-rooted contentious issues had always been the bone to a truly harmonious and united nation.

“Bias, prejudices, misunderstandings, and ill feelings among the people arising from racial differences must be gotten rid of.

“Politicians using racial issues to be popular and accepted by their own race and directly or indirectly hitting out at other races with racial undertones must be stopped,” he said when commenting on the National Unity Policy launched by Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin on Monday.

Minos said religion must not be used to create inconvenience or discomfort to others, and instead should be used for creating peace and harmony among the nation’s people and to do good.

Once the people and the government saw that race and religion were fully understood in a positive manner, Malaysia would then have a solid foundation for real and genuine national unity, he opined.

In launching the policy based on the concept ‘Unity in Diversity’, Muhyiddin had outlined continuous efforts to strengthen, nurture, and preserve unity among the people.

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