The Seri Pristina shower room turned school canteen issue typifies the siege mentality of certain Malaysians. There have been many writings and postings on the net condemning the headmaster of the school for discriminating the non Malays. (He even received death threats). There had been no holds barred criticism leveled at the headmaster, school and the whole sekolah kebangsaan system. According to them these are racists acts.
What has now transpired is clear. Muslims too used the shower room canteen. The school and PTA claimed its been used even way before Ramadan. They are supportive of it. Some media as usual pick an unknown parent denying this, but there’s absolutely no background of the parents involvement. What is clear is that the PTA and school defended the position.
Now I’m not going to debate whether the shower room can be used as canteen. Prima facie, I think not. But we need more facts to judge which the media isn’t reporting. (That’s why we need an objective media). If its reasonable, I may agree with it.
Based on the fact its been used by Muslims before and now, any argument that its racially motivated falls flat and unsupportable. Its not discriminatory in the first place however you want to argue.
Now this fact is known and I’ve written many places on this issue. But some have replied in extreme verbal abuse. Some seem intent on making it a racial issue.
This is wrong. This siege mentality must cease. Don’t create shadows simply to fortify racial needs. Don’t justify at all costs a racial mindset. There are plenty of ways to argue and I might even agree with you. But in this case, a racist angle is not fair and right.