KUALA LUMPUR: The 1Malaysia concept, formulated to forge unity among the races, had already been implemented in various forms by the country’s past leaders, Prime Minist er Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said.
The only difference was that each leader had had his own method and approach in fostering closer relations among the races, he added.
Najib said 1Malaysia was akin to 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 guide to achieving the result.
“This is because a stable and developed country can only be achieved through people’s unity,” he told Datuk Halimah Mohd Sadique (BN-Tenggara) in Parliament on Monday.
This is Najib’s first Parliament session as Prime Minister.
Najib said that unlike the idea of a “Malaysian Malaysia” proposed by the Opposition, 1Malaysia did not deviate from the basic ideas and spirit of the Federal Constitution.
“People shouldn’t fear or cast aspersions on the concept because 1Malaysia seeks to ensure that the ethnic identity of each race is respected.
“This means that every race respects each other and understands their unique differences. Only then can unity be achieved,” he added.
Najib said 1Malaysia also sought to ensure that the poorer people were not left out in the Government’s development programmes.
“The people must progress first before the country can achieve development,” he added.
Source : The Star