PICTURE: Malaysians refuse to rent out homes to Africans
A group representing the management corporation of Waja Apartments in Taman Tun Perak, Malaysia have protested renting houses to Africans in Malaysia. Carrying a banner with the words: “Say No To African People,” they urged all home owners, unit owners, and property agents to desist from renting or selling houses to people of African decent.
I received this message from a Nigerian living in Malaysia: "This is not the first time, I live here; it has been difficult for Nigerians renting houses here. The Police maltreat us, the road traffic stop us and of recent they ban Nigerians from using Nigerian driver's license to drive right here, without any reason or constitution. Please help and share it to the world."
This protest was later condemned by the secretary-general of the Society for the Promotion of Human Rights Dr Denison Jayasooria, "It's totally unacceptable, it is a racist act and a form of stereotyping. This is against Malaysian values and is not in line with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights,”
Also, the Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (Suhakam), confirmed that there is a lot of prejudice in Malaysia against Africans.
“While there have been some bad experiences, we cannot say that the people are all bad. There is a lack of understanding and exposure. We must respect diversity and we must remember that people like Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Desmond Tutu are from Africa,” he added.