Malaysian govt has `zero tolerance` towards racial remarks: PM

Malaysian PM says govt won`t hesitate to take action against such culprits.

Kuala Lumpur: Malaysian Prime Minister Mohammed Najib Tun Razak has warned that his government has “zero tolerance” against people who make racial remarks or fuel racism in the country, and it would not hesitate to take action against such culprits.

“We are aware of some SMSes that have been going around, in which the content is not accurate and is intended to raise racial sentiments,” The Star quoted Razak, as saying.

Najib emphasised that action would be taken against those who make unlawful racial remarks and also against those who vandalised places of worship such as churches or surau.

“The Government has zero tolerance for racist remarks by anyone. Our stand is not to tolerate racist remarks by anyone. Unity is very important as part of our nation building,” he added.

Najib said civil servants also play an important role in preventing racism and they must be educated well not to make insensitive remarks that could stroke racial sentiments.

Referring to the recent racial remarks made by two school principals, he said the incident could have been avoided, and added that: "We must educate civil servants to understand and appreciate the 1Malaysia concept. Given time, the majority of them will be on board with the 1Malaysia concept. But action will be taken against those who make racist remarks.”

The premier also agreed to an idea mooted by participants in a Youth Lab to set up a special Malaysia Fund to support youth programmes that foster inter-racial relationships.

He promised to personally look into conceptualising the idea soon through a proper mechanism.