Systemic racism and racial discrimination

As long as pro-Bumiputera policies remain useful in winning Bumiputera votes, it is unlikely that the ruling elite in Malaysia will want to dispense with this method of rule. Racism has been thoroughly infused in all the national institutions, including racist indoctrination of Bumiputeras in state institutions.

Strident racism has now been outsourced to the far-right Malay supremacist groups. They continue to play the role of stormtroopers and disrupt activities organised by civil society to promote social justice, democracy, and human rights. Above all, racial discrimination facilitates crony capitalism that has been facilitated by “Bumiputera” control. This has not changed since the Mahathir 1.0 era.

The ethnic Indian working class and the indigenous peoples in both East and West Malaysia are the poorest communities in Malaysia; the former and the Orang Asli cannot rely on “Bumiputera” privileges, while the indigenous peoples of East Malaysia do not enjoy the same amount of state largesse as the Malays in West Malaysia even though they are categorised as ‘Bumiputeras’.

We condemn the rise of authoritarians who reject international cooperation by appealing to primordial myths of “racial superiority”. We call for a break with this hegemonic power and for all countries to advance toward a multipolar world of non-aligned nations. 

Within each and every nation, the institutions of racist state violence, its prison system, its military must be reformed and all human rights abuses by police and enforcement departments thoroughly investigated.

“I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality.” - Martin Luther King, Jr

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