KOTA KINABALU, June 7 (Bernama) — The 1Malaysia concept should set the pace for the rejuvenation of unity building in the next decade, involving every Malaysian, irrespective of race, colour or creed, said prominent social activist Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye.
He said the concept should have key elements for mutual understanding, respect and trust for one another in a multi-racial country like Malaysia.
“The virtue of unity is that it respects and allows individuals to express their own uniqueness and specialty and yet being together in harmony.
“Self expression allows a person to utilise his or her potentials for the benefit of the community and enable it to develop fully like a blooming flower that emanates fragrance all around.
“Diversity within any community actually adds beauty and colour to the whole picture and it should be respected and appreciated,” he said in a statement here today.
Lee also said every peace-loving Malaysian should be fully committed to promoting a culture of peace, harmony and unity.
Even if the economy and information technology are the driving forces of today and the future, Lee said Malaysians should not lose sight of racial harmony and togetherness.
“Economic development will not be meaningful without understanding, harmony, goodwill and trust among the people.
“Programmes of action should continue to inculcate, nurture and strengthen the spirit of love and patriotism for the country,” he said.
Lee also said Malaysians should look to the Federal Constitution and the Rukun Negara as guidelines towards nation building and eliminate disparity among races.
Source : Bernama