Striking a balance between free speech and peace
FocusM | 03 Aug 2018 00:30
The move by the government to introduce a new Religious and Racial Hatred Act is timely.
Let’s hope those bent on stirring up racial and religious hatred will be severely dealt with. Prior to the 14th general election (GE14) on May 9, there were many instances where certain quarters tried to exploit racial and religious issues for their own selfish means. This was worsened by the fact that there were some political parties campaigning on racial and religious issues.
But even after GE14, you have groups trying to stir up racial and religious sentiment through protests. Their idea is probably to undermine the new Pakatan Harapan (PH) government.
There are even claims that some of these protestors comprise rent-a-mob groups out to create trouble. If true, such groups must be severally dealt with by the authorities as they are a threat to national security.
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