Causing religious hatred is an offence:
Errant politicians exploit race and religion for personal gain –
Deputy Investment Promotion Minister Faiszer Musthapha said that race
and religion had unfortunately become a strategy for some politicians to
promote themselves causing irreparable damage to national reconciliation
Race and religion are the ideal forum for a politician to market
himself, especially if he is not a seasoned politician who considers the
country’s development, youth or skills and moreover, if doesn’t want to
do anything tangible to improve people’s lives. The best marketing
strategy is to go by one’s race, religion and ask for his share rather
than saying that somebody is transgressing his rights, the Minister told
the Sunday Observer yesterday.
This is dangerous as the dividends of peace need to be used for
national reconciliation and harmony. During the war against terrorism,
we all worked collectively to defeat the menace. Unfortunately what is
taking place in certain quarters today is regrettable, the Deputy
Some people who support certain international agendas wittingly or
unwittingly help propagate racism. People who propagate racism play into
their hands. It is regrettable that some politicians add fuel to fire.
The objective of certain parties was to spread hatred is evident from
their statements on the recent incidents at Aluthgama and Beruwala.
When one fans religious hatred, extremists in other communities
respond accordingly. At the same time, if one spreads religious hatred
there is a hurt factor in it, he said.
“Causing religious hatred is an offence. At times certain sections of
the media too propagate religious hatred. Hence the rule of law should
be enforced in the country. Any organisation which fans religious hatred
should be banned,” the Deputy Minister said.