Evidence of racism in Malaysia?

 

It has been reported that “The Human Rights Foundation Malaysia” (HRFM) has testified before U.S. House Committee on Foreign Affairs and the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission on “Institutional Racism in Malaysia.”

The HRFM is led by P. Waytha Moorthy, one of the founders and leader of the Hindu Rights Action Force (HINDRAF). His brother, P. Uthayakumar, also a founder of HINDRAF is now leader of the Human Rights Party.

The report provides a variety of statistics, news articles, reports, academic articles and anecdotes to demonstrate the scale and depth of the discrimination that non – Muslims face systematically in Malaysia. It pays close attention to the plight of the Malaysian Indian poor, who appears to suffer disproportionately.

The Government of Malaysia would do well to counter these “hard evidence.”

A summary of the report is available here.

The full report titled,  “Institutional Racism and Religious Freedom in Malaysia” provides an interesting view of how embedded racism is in Malaysia.

 

About Greg Lopez

Greg Lopez is a research fellow at Murdoch University's School of Management and Governance, and New Mandala’s Malaysia and Singapore section editor.