It is so typical of politicians to think that just because they can pass laws, that is the way to solve Malaysia's problems.
You can read the malaysiakini article Race Relations Act - why now? and form your own opinion.
To me there are 3 main issues that seriouly create inter-racial problems. You will find that most ordinary Malaysians get along quite well as far as racial issues are concerned. Just observe in the markets where the stall-holders of different races cooperate with each other and there is also a friendly banter among those who share the common space.
These 3 main stumbling blocks are:
1.Racist and race-based parties like UMNO, MCA and MIC.
2.Ketuanan claims that are against the concept of all citizens being equal under the law.
3.Being forced to convert when inter-faith marriages take place. If only each partner is allowed to practise his/her own religion and the children free to choose when they reach 18 years of age.
So I wonder how the proposed Race Relation Act will address these issues?