Briefing by the US State Dept to the US House Committee on Foreign Affairs on Racism and Religious Freedom in Malaysia


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Briefing by the US State Dept to the US House Committee on Foreign Affairs on Racism and Religious Freedom in Malaysia

Institutional Racism and Religious freedom in Malaysia

Institutional racism is the process by which people from ethnic minorities are systematically discriminated against by a range of public and private bodies. If the result or outcome of established laws, customs or practices is racially discriminatory, then institutional racism can be said to have occurred.

Dr.Benjamin Bowling
(Professor of Criminology & Criminal Justice and Director of Criminological studies in the School of Law, King’s College London.)

In this paper we postulate that Malaysia has all the hallmarks of a racist and religious extreme state on the following foundation;

a) The Federal Constitution basically establishes 2 classes of citizens, vide Article 153, the root of the racist system.

b) The State sanctions racist and religious extreme laws and policies

c) The State controls the Government Administration through one racial and religious group

d) The State channels most funds for economic/education/social development programs and licenses, permits etc., to one race

e) The State controls Religious freedom to the disadvantage of non-Muslims, imposes of Muslim religious laws on non- Muslims and extends the jurisdiction of the Syaria Courts onto non-Muslims.

f) The State sponsors violence and threats of violence both directly and indirectly (outsourced) on the citizens to create fear among the non-Malay non-Muslims.

g) The State sanctions draconian, punitive laws and gives blank cheques to the Police to make arbitrary arrests of dissenters.

h) The State explicitly and implicitly declares that the Malays are the masters (Malay Supremacy) and the sons of soil.


2. Treatment by the Malaysian Police

Given the need to maintain a racist regime, the Police have become a primary instrument of control for the majority Malay party in Government –UMNO. Police violence, abuse of power and human rights abuses occur very regularly.

Cases of death in custody, partial handling of criminal disturbances, violent dispersal of peaceful protestors and other form of human rights violation continue. This has created a climate of impunity and normalization of violence, abuse of power and violation of human rights in Malaysia.


The collusion of the various arms of the Government to keep dissent in check
Various arms of the Government work in tandem to operationalize the racist agenda of the Government Policies
Some of the key ones are :
1. Government Linked Companies
2. Government Investment Companies
3. Economic Planning Unit
4. The Federal Cabinet of Ministers
5. The various Ministries
6. The Royal Malaysian Police
7. The Attorney general’s Office
8. The Judiciary
9. The Government Administrative Services
10. The Government owned Banks
11. The Government controlled media


The Malaysian minorities long to live with dignity and freedom but are denied dignity and freedom by a racist regime that has developed over the last 50 years in the name of affirmative action for the majority. The endless extensions of the affirmative action policies have now led to serious Human Rights violations of the minorities in the country. This is inconsistent with developments around the world and with the aspirations of the minorities of Malaysia. It is time for the international community to hold the Malaysian government accountable for this performance. The world has to wake up to these developments in Malaysia, for the future of all of this is being told many times over now, in the many tragedies that are happening around the world even as we pen this report


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Briefing by the US State Dept to the US House Committee on Foreign Affairs on Racism and Religious Freedom in Malaysia

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