We've been fair enough!

Posted: 28 Apr 2014 12:24 AM PDT

US President Barack Obama yesterday urged Malaysia to be fair to non-Muslims in its 'moving forward', and at the same also called on Myanmar's regime to treat the minority Muslims equally if the nation wants to join a progressive world.

I believe we have been treating the Chinese, Indians and other Malaysians well. However, the question is, do they treat Malays and Muslims equally and give them the same opportunity?

Our politicians from both divides should answer this.

Home Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, in responding to Obama's statement said the issue of 'equality and fairness' for the non-Muslims should not arise.
Malaysia does not impose any restrictions on non-Muslims and is fair to all races, Home Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi (pic) said today in response to President Barack Obama's advice to the country's leadership.
The US president had said yesterday that Malaysia needed to ensure equal opportunities for the non-Muslim communities here if it wanted to prosper.
"Equal opportunity is given to non-Muslims and the government is fair to all religions," Ahmad Zahid said.
"I do not think that there are any obstacles to practising religion in Malaysia.
"Being biased in favour of one religion is something to be avoided because mutual respect between all religions is a necessity.
"If we respect other religions, the same respect will be shown to the religion which we practise," he told a press conference today.
Ahmad Zahid was speaking to reporters after officiating the 4th Asean Human Trafficking workshop in Kuala Lumpur today.
Obama had also said that non-Muslims in Malaysia faced enemies at this time and many felt oppressed.
"There should be no excuses for discrimination, and you must ensure that this issue is fought against in your daily lives," Obama had said.
"Malaysia will not succeed if non-Muslims are not given equal opportunity, Myanmar will not succeed if the Muslim population continues to be oppressed."
Obama was speaking at a townhall meeting for Asean youths at Dewan Tunku Cancelor in University of Malaya in Kuala Lumpur yesterday.
I guess Obama himself failed to recognise what Malaysia's contents are when pressing Putrajaya to uphold democracy by virtue of giving 'equal rights' to the non-Muslims on matters pertaining to 'Allah' and 'Islam'.

Had he understood the complications of administering a multiracial and multireligion country like Malaysia, I believe he will support what the government has been doing to put the house in order. However, he didn't.

And I wonder what the US diplomats in Kuala Lumpur had been doing to make their leaders understand what Malaysia is all about. Equating their democracy and ours is totally wrong!


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