Monday February 4, 2013
Hisham: Don’t play with racial and religious issues
MALACCA: The Government will not hesitate to take action against those who sensationalise racial and religious issues, said Home Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein.
Without naming any individual or group, he said the Government had the right to take legal action against anyone who jeopardised national harmony.
“More baseless allegations linked to racial and religious issues will surface with the upcoming general election.
“If such matters are proven wrong, we will not hesitate (to take action) as the laws are there,” he told reporters after launching the My Beautiful Malaysia Day programme in Batu Berendam here yesterday.
Also present were Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob, Malacca Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Rustam and other state leaders.
Hishammuddin said that recent allegations against agencies such as the police force and National Registration Department were made to divert people's attention from the good things that were taking place in the country.
He cited the claims of 300,000 Indians being stateless and the sending of uncollected identity documents to Sabah, which he said were untrue.
“The rakyat must not be manipulated and become angry or emotional before finding out the truth.
“We must be wise to see the current political scenario by remaining calm, followed by investigation before action,” he added.
He also called on Malaysians to focus on the “bigger national agenda” instead of getting themselves carried away with baseless accusations and politics of hatred.