Motion to Reiterate EMSAs Commitment to Equality and Unity
- An allegation of EMSA being racially biased was made on the society's Facebook page
- In response to the comments following the allegation, the president came up with the following statement – “By right, the three biggest races in Malaysia should be taken care of, to the very least, with a festive event for each race. If we are successful at this stage, then we can branch out to include other festivals of East Malaysia.”
- Some members interpreted this statement as racial hierarchy effectively creating a two-tiered membership in which members from the 3 main races are given priority
- Two members publicly left the society based on this interpretation and there has not been any public clarification on this matter.
- According to the constitution, the society should not discriminate members by race
- The president and committee should represent the values instilled in the constitution
- The purpose of events is to foster unity and events must be beneficial and feasible and not defined by racial quotas
- Public display of disunity is detrimental to the society's interests as the official voice of Malaysian students in Edinburgh
- To mandate the president to issue a public retraction of this statement to prevent further division and misunderstanding.
- To delegate the president to approach members who publicly left and issue an official explanation on this matter.
- To mandate the president and committee members to always refer to the constitution in future affairs and ensuring that equality and unity are paramount in the running of the society
- To call on the president and committee to remember that they are the representatives of all EMSA members to exercise discretion when publicly expressing any personal opinions that have political or racial implications, in order to maintain EMSA’s credibility.