Perhaps, having all these in mind, the BN government would soon be introducing the Race Relations Act. Although the intention could be a noble one, it left me to wonder whether this kind of a law is really necessary or whether this kind of a law could really work given the many similar laws that are already being put into place and yet they have failed to have their supposedly deterence effect.
I for one could not imagine how the state could interfere in regulating my relations with other Malaysians: what I should say or what I shouldn't; or with whom I should not play golf; or whom shall I invite to my house. Or how could the state tell the Chinese to keep separate plates in their house for their Malay-Muslim friends. What about the place where they wash their plates? Must it be separate as well? The list is simply too long. I think this is crazy.
I belief that if one or two people throwing punches or even an abusive language with a racial tone at each other, it could never lead to a national disaster. Husband and wife would sometimes shout at each other as if they were heading for a divorce but yet the dust would settle before they go to bed.
What is worrying us is that if such an incident were to involve a person who holds a positon in an organized body or an association; be it a political party or an NGOs, the results could be different. Even then such an incident could go unnoticed or being localised if there is no one to blow the trumphet to tell the world at large. But this is an impossible thing to do as to the media circle, bad news are good news to them.
But what choice do we have if we were to make Malaysia a better place to stay. Freedom of speech as guaranteed under our Constitution must come with responsibility. Politicians and the like as well as the media must play a leading role in this. They must willingly exercise self-restraint. They must have the political will to do so. In this sense, perhaps, there is an urgent need to tighten the existing laws so as to disciplined the politicians and the media but certainly I don't think that the Race Relations Act could do any better. It's a mockery.
For the BN coalition, particularly during this difficult time, indeed, what they need most is to put their house in order first, before punishing the rakyat with new laws and regulations. The act of continuing to 'cari pasal' within the BN coalition must stop; lest they want to see the nation going into the drain. They should introduce a Code of Conduct for both their leaders and members.The BN government must not loose its focus and make the rakyat as the scapegoat.