KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia’s diversity has achieved the highest level of acceptance, thanks to the 1Malaysia spirit, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said.
The Prime Minister said the country’s vision to be a developed and high-income country would come true if the whole nation was united.
“If we are able to celebrate our diversity, we have reached the ultimate in terms of accepting diversity as a source of strength for our nation,” said Najib in his speech during his visit to Batu Caves for Thaipusam yesterday.
He also said the Barisan Nasional recognised and appreciated the Indian community’s role and contribution to the country.
He said the Government launched Little India in Brickfields, which helped provide ample opportunities and profit to Indian businessmen and traders.
“We will continue to work closely with MIC leaders and Indian non-governmental organisations to help solve the woes of the Indian community,” he added.
After delivering his speech, Najib witnessed the signing of a memorandum of understanding between Damodar Ropeways and Construction Company Pty Ltd from Calcutta, India, and the Sri Maha Mariamman Temple management to build the RM10mil cable car service at Batu Caves.
The 250m cable car project, which is expected to be completed next year, will help transport the elderly, the disabled and tourists to the upper caves without them needing to walk up and down the 272 steps.
Speaking at a 1Malaysia gathering at Taman Sri Pinang in Tikam Batu, Sungai Petani, later, Najib urged the people to give a bigger mandate to Barisan so that the coalition could continue to serve them well.
He said Barisan would make Thaipusam an official public holiday in Kedah if it wrested the state back from Pakatan Rakyat.
Najib said the Pakatan government in Kedah had not fulfilled its promise to declare Thaipusam a state holiday.
Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said in his Thaipusam message that respecting each other’s religious beliefs was the most essential element for everlasting harmony.
“I am confident that by practising the 1Malaysia concept, which promotes openness and acceptance among the people, we will be able to foster closer relations among races and religions,” he added.
Source : The Star