‘Cor­rect wrong no­tion about Malays’

The Sun (Malaysia) - - NEWS WITHOUT BORDERS -

KUALA LUMPUR: Un­der­grad­u­ates should take on the re­spon­si­bil­ity of cor­rect­ing the mis­con­cep­tion that Malays and Mus­lims in the coun­try are ex­trem­ists and ter­ror­ists.

In mak­ing the call, Deputy Prime Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said Umno is of­ten mis­in­ter­preted and mis­un­der­stood as an ul­tra-Malay and ter­ror­ist party just be­cause it cham­pi­ons the rights of Malays and Is­lam.

How­ever, he added that it was only right that Mus­lims them­selves, es­pe­cially stu­dents, change the mis­con­cep­tion that is cre­ated to in­stil ha­tred to­wards the com­mu­nity.

“The terms ul­tra and Is­lam­o­pho­bia were made as jar­gons so that out­siders would hate us. How­ever, it is not their re­spon­si­bil­ity to cor­rect this per­cep­tion, but ours,” he said when ad­dress­ing some 300 un­der­grad­u­ates at the Na­tional Stu­dent Lead­er­ship Con­fer­ence yes­ter­day.

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