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Malaysian firms fear rising ethnic chauvinism

Some quarters flag the dangers of prolonged ethnic strife; trade minister calls for solutions

FLASH POINT: Riot police (left) forming a cordon at the entrance to Chinatown as they faced off 'Red Shirt' demonstrators during the Sept 16 Malaysia Day rally, which had been called in response to a massive two-day protest last month. Participants of that first rally had called for Prime Minister Najib Razak's resignation over a graft scandal.

Kuala Lumpur

MALAYSIA'S racial diversity has long been regarded by investors as one of its greatest - if not foremost - strengths, but the recent escalation in racial rhetoric is giving cause for apprehension.

Aviation tycoon Tony Fernandes, for example, rates rising racial