KUALA LUMPUR: THE 1Malaysia concept, formulated to forge unity among the people, is not new and it has been carried out in various forms by the country’s past leaders, says Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.
Najib, who attended Parliament for the first time as Prime Minister yesterday, noted that the only difference was that past leaders chose their own approaches to foster closer relations among the races.
He said 1Malaysia was like a formula to help the people achieve the aspirations of Vision 2020 and make Malaysia a fully-developed country.
“If Bangsa Malaysia, outlined in Vision 2020, is the final stage of that process, then 1Malaysia is a guideline to achieve these results.
“This is because we can only have a stable and developed country through the people’s unity,” he said in reply to Datuk Halimah Mohd Sadique (BN – Tenggara).
Halimah had asked Najib to clarify the 1Malaysia concept in terms of its implementation and assimilation by the plural society of the country and how it would contribute to the success of Vision 2020.
Najib said, unlike a “Malaysian Malaysia” proposed by the Opposition, 1Malaysia did not deviate from the basic ideas and spirit of the Federal Constitution.
“People should not fear or cast aspersions on the concept because 1Malaysia seeks to have the ethnic identities of each race to be respected.
â€œThis means every race respects each other and understands their unique differences. Only then can unity be achieved.”
Najib said 1Malaysia also sought to ensure that the poor would not be left out in the Government’s development programmes.
“The people must progress first before the country can achieve development.”
Source : The Star