Why delay introducing unity and harmony laws?
FocusM | 08 Mar 2019 00:30
The previous Barisan Nasional (BN) government didn’t have the political will to push through legislation that would have enhanced national unity and harmony.
It had talked about introducing three Bills, namely the Anti-Discrimination Bill, National
Harmony and Reconciliation Commission Bill and the Religious and Hate Crimes Bill. These Bills were proposed by the National Unity Consultative Council (NUCC).
But it was all mere talk and a waste of the NUCC’s time. Little was done to push through the Bills despite the government being warned that if it failed to do so, it will pay dearly in the general election.
And it did pay dearly for its folly. It was booted out in the 14th general election. Voters felt that the BN government had, amongst others, failed to address the increasing racial tensions in the country.
Politicians and cybertroopers were allowed to spew racist remarks and create disharmony and tension. The alarming situation was one reason many Malaysians lost faith in the BN government’s ability to govern.
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