PETALING JAYA: In the aftermath of the several issues that turned racial recently, the National Patriots Association (Patriot) has hit out at Pakatan Harapan’s leaders, saying they were directionless and appeared to contradict one another.
Mohamed Arshad noted there were groups that have become quite radical in their demands for Malay rights.
He cited how the mass rally to oppose the UN’s International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (Icerd) proceeded even after the government announced it would not be ratified.
He also said the Seafield temple controversy that started off as a conflict of “organised thugs and hooligans” was turned into racial issue to demand the resignation of Indian ministers.
The death of fireman Muhammad Adib Mohd Kassim, hatred speech and threats of a repeat of May 13 have been issued too often he said.
“Efforts are now seen to push for a declaration of an Islamic state with a hidden agenda to antagonise other ethnic groups, leading to racial strife,” Arshad said in a statement on Monday (Dec 31).
Mohamed Arshad said the government needed to come up with a long-term strategy to steer the nation forward, to solve the problems from the previous regime, and from within its own ranks.