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Racism 'becoming more prevalent'
- ucanews.com reporter, Kuala Lumpur
- January 18, 2012
The government in the past 40 years has adopted â€śMalay-centrism as its central populist ideologyâ€ť to remain in power, said Kua Kia Soong, director of the human-rights NGO â€śSuaram.â€ť
This has entailed impressing upon Malay-Muslims, who comprise 60 percent of the population, that they are the owners of the country while other communities are mere â€śimmigrants,â€ť he explained.
Lim Tech Ghee, director of the Centre for Policy Initiatives, said the â€śtentaclesâ€ť of institutionalized racism â€śextend into practically every sphere of life â€“ economic, social, administrative, and even culture and religion.â€ť
He said the forum, attended by around 200 people, was the first of a planned series to bring the issue of institutionalized racism out in the open for public discussion.