Friday, October 16, 2009

UK Racist Party Forced To Accept Non-Whites

Will the same happen here for all our race based parties? Whatever happened to the Race Relations Act which Barisan Nasional agreed to, and subsequently reject without reasons? Check out UK's race relations act here, where "direct race discrimination" occurs when a person treats another person less favourably on the grounds of colour, race, nationality, ethnic or national origin or "indirect race discrimination" when conditions are set where a smaller proportion from the victim’s racial group can comply with, and cannot be shown to be justifiable irrespective of the colour, race, nationality or national and ethnic origins of the person to whom it is applied.

Anyway, the race-based far right British National Party (BNP) was forced to accept non-Whites by the Equality and Human Right Commission (unlike our Suhakam which is toothless) and the UK Courts.
During the case, the commission argued it had a statutory duty, under the Equality Act 2006, to enforce provisions of the act and to work towards the elimination of unlawful discrimination. This duty includes preventing discrimination by political parties.

The commission sent a letter on 22 June 2009 to the BNP setting out its concerns about its constitution and membership criteria which appear to restrict membership to those within what the BNP regards as particular "ethnic groups" and those whose skin colour is white. This exclusion is contrary to the Race Relations Act, which the party is legally obliged to comply with.

The commission asked the BNP to provide written undertakings it would amend its constitution and membership criteria to ensure, and to make transparent, that it does not discriminate against potential or actual members on racial grounds.

In an order issued at the Central London county court this morning, the BNP agreed to use all reasonable endeavours to revise its constitution so that it does not discriminate, either directly or indirectly on any "protected characteristic" – for example on the grounds of race, ethnic or religious status – as defined in clause 4 of the equality bill.
Is this the reason why Malaysia can't have a race relations act? Because UMNO, MCA and MIC will cease to exist based on their race-based ideals thereafter?
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