BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN, April 30 (Bernama) — The “1Malaysia” concept mooted by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak is making waves beyond Malaysia’s shores.
The prime minister said that during his two-day visit to this sultanate, the leaders here had been asking about the concept which is an integral part of his administration’s slogan, “1Malaysia. People First. Performance Now.”
He told the Malaysian community here over breakfast today that he was proud that Brunei leaders had been following the development in Malaysia closely.
“I was also touched when they mentioned the various developments in Malaysia and by the fact that they know and even memorise my slogan. They said that the slogan is apt and a reflection of the way forward for Malaysia in our efforts to strengthen the country in terms of ethnic relations.
“If we are able to show our internal strength, then Malaysia’ potentials as a nation is very big indeed,” he said
He also told the Malaysian community that he would discharge his duties to the best of his ability and be a leader who is close to the people.
He said his four-eye meeting with the Sultan of Brunei, Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah, which was initially scheduled for about 30 minutes but lasted more than an hour last night, was warm and cordial.
“It is my intention, as the head of the government, to continue the work of my predecessor (Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi) and f ind ways to further enhance our ties through specific cooperation.
He also said that it was important for Asean countries to maintain good relations because only by doing so could the grouping show that the region was peaceful and prosperous.
“It is my hope, therefore, that the peoples of Malaysia and Brunei can translate the signal from the cordial government-to-government ties to carry out whatever joint efforts,” he said.
The prime minister also called on Malaysians living here to safeguard their country’s good name and not create problems.
“Do your best, perform your duties well…God willing, the people here will appreciate your roles,” he said.
Present were Information, Communications and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Dr Rais Yatim, Home Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein, Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman and Deputy Foreign Minister A. Kohilan Pillay.
Najib and his wife, Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor, later left for Kuching, Sarawak, to pay their last respects to the wife of Sarawak Chief MinisterÂ Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud, Puan Sri Laila Taib, who died of cancer yesterday.
Source : Bernama