As Malaysians celebrated for the achievements of our national shuttlers for making it into the semi-finals after a 12-year drought, racism had once again found its way to appear on the social media of all Malaysians.
This time, it was about a Facebook user, who calls himself “Borhan Che Rahim”, has made a racist slur towards our national shuttler, S.Kisona, calling her “India Keling”.
The post was then taken down not long after it was posted on Facebook. However, it was already too late, as netizens had made screenshots of the racist remark and had made it viral.
Nonetheless, netizens managed to find out that the Facebook user, “Borhan Che Rahim” was actually the Bersatu Batu Pasir vice-chairman, Borhanuddin Che Rahim.
Following the backlash, Borhanuddin posted a statement on his Facebook account and apologised to all Malaysians, adding that it was not his intention to belittle any individual or race when he wrote that status on social media.
He added that the term was used in Kelantan to refer to Indians.
“With this, I take it back and apologise openly to all Malaysians, especially those who have been impacted by that posting. I will also improve on my behaviour.” he told Utusan Malaysia.
Meanwhile, he added that he will be resigning from his position as deputy chief of Bersatu’s Pasir Puteh division for the sake of upholding the party’s reputation.
The racist remark he made even caught the attention of many in the sport industry, and most notably, the Badminton Association Malaysia (BAM), who condemned Borhanuddin for using a racial slur against the national shuttler.
BAM stressed that they have zero tolerance for any form of racism or discrimination and they urge all Malaysians to stand up and condemn this senseless act.
On the other hand, the Youth and Sports Minister, Datuk Seri Ahmad Faizal Azumu also call out to Borhanuddin, saying that his remarks were not acceptable, especially when she had fought hard at the prestigious mixed team tournament.
Ahmad Faizal also stressed the importance of upholding the “Keluaga Malaysia” or “Malaysian Family” concept.
However, he said that the concept is like a bunch of bananas, where some are good and some are bad. Some do not know how to use good language when talking about something.”
“We are made up of Malays, Chinese, Indians, Kadazans, Ibans and so on. Do not despise others because of their race, skin colour or religion… more so those who are fighting to make Malaysia’s name famous.” he said.
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