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Malaysian Comic Book Casts 'Charcoal' Africans in Black Face

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    Hate speech, xenophobia, racism in comic book on foreigners in Malaysia


    KUALA LUMPUR: Black face is never a good idea. Malaysia's new comic book aimed at educating the country's taxi drivers as cultural ambassadors for the country has shown that racism and xenophobia can find a place in the location one least expects it.

    For the Malaysian government to employ it and publish Africans in this lens is "disrespectful and racist," said cultural psychologist Mariam Razq, who told Bikyamasr.com that she was "shocked that in today's modern multicultural world, this kind of overt racism continues.

    She was referring to a recent "M1-Malaysia" magazine aimed at educating the governments recent addition of taxi drivers to be the frontline for tourist relations in the country.

    The booklet reveals the dark side of racism and its undercurrents that can be shown publicly. In the magazine, dark-skinned foreigners are depicted with large mouths, white lipstick and slapstick-type qualities in what experts and organizations haave condemned as "highly crude and discriminatory remarks.

    In a statement the Working Group on National Ratification of International Convention for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination said the booklet is a distorted propaganda publication bearing the 1Malaysia logo and was widely distributed at the 1Malaysia People's Taxi Program launch on June 25.

    Hate speech, xenophobia, racism in comic book on foreigners in Malaysia