Sheriff on racial and religious extremism.
Malaysians shd draw lessons from what is happening in America and realise that in a democracy, there will be extremists who will use race and religion to overthrow the system and create a New World Order. But as the foundations of American democracy are strong, the liberal majority will prevail over the extremist groups.
The world saw how Hitler used his vision of German racial supremacy to rally the people behind him. It ended in war and total defeat.
In S Africa, the white minority used racial ideology to maintain the apartheid policy. S Africa became ostracised from the world, leading to the collapse of white rule.
Russia was also racist towards the Asiatic regions on the southern region bcos of their Islamic origin. Its rigid communist ideology led to the collapse of the Soviet Union.
In Myanmar and China, Muslim minorities face discrimination on allegations they are a threat to national security.
In Malaysia, Muslims are the majority. But the country also has its share of extremists and political warriors who want to use the power of the majority to impose the Muslim cultural and religious values on the whole country. They blame democracy, the media, and the educational and cultural influences from the West for influencing the new generation of Malays to be liberal and multicultural in their beliefs and lifestyles.
The best safeguard against the racial and religious extremism in our midst is to strengthen our democratic insinuations so that with the checks and balance of the open system of government, the minority extremists will always find themselves a marginalised group. They will find that the mainstream Malaysian society does not subscribe to their slogans and divisive politics.