IPOH, March 17 (Bernama) — The concept of moderation or ‘wasatiyyah’ in Islam entails common values that are also practised by other religions in the country, and can be the basis for fostering greater unity among the various races in the country, said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.
He said ‘wasatiyyah’ was also practised in Confucian teachings where it is called Zong Yong, and so too in Buddhism.
“Although in terms of faith there are differences between Muslims and non-Muslims, we have many ‘common values’ that can strengthen national unity,” he said when opening Sekolah Rendah Jenis Kebangsaan Cina Wan Hwa2’s new four-storey classroom block built at a cost of RM9 million in Menglembu here Saturday.
Najib said Malaysia was a unique country in Southeast Asia because of the diversity of it people and where the government adopted moderation and a give-and-take policy as a way of life so that the aspirations of all the people were taken into consideration.
“We chose integration and not disintegration in terms of cultural and religious diversity,” he said.
Najib said although faced with various challenges, the “Malaysian Way” was capable of making Malaysia a developed and high income nation in next eight years, that is by 2020.
At the function which was attended by about 5,000 people, Najib announced that the Perak government had alienated a hectare of land for the school while the federal government was providing RM300,000 to build a parking lot there.
Later, in his “Meet-the-People” session with the Indian community in Kampung Kacang Putih in Buntong here, the prime minister said the government adopted the approach of tackling the problems of all the people in the country as a “common problem” that was universal in nature.
Najib said the people’s confidence in the Barisan Nasional (BN) government . was very high due to this.
Because of this, there was good multiracial harmony and a very high patriotic spirit among the people, he said at the event that was attended by almost 7,000 people.
He cited the government’s poverty eradication efforts as an example whereby no race was left out and it did not matter whether the people were from urban or rural areas.
Najib also said: “The journey to transform the country towards a fully developed nation can become a reality if all of us join hands to become one big Malaysian family. We will get there because we have strength as 1Malaysia.”
As such, he said it was very important for the people to have faith in each other and in the BN government.
The prime minister also urged the Indian community in Perak not to be duped again by the opposition which was only good in making empty promises as had happened to the residents of Kampung Buah Pala in Penang.
He said the government had set a Cabinet Committee on Indian affairs which was initially chaired by himself because he wanted to see the community grow in tandem with the other races.
“This is because prior to the setting up of the committee, many problems besetting the Indian community had yet to be resolved. The Indian community is placing high hopes on the government to resolve these problems, they want better consideration.
“When I took over as prime minister, I said that under the Malaysian sky, each community will be treated fairly,” he said.
At the function, Najib also announced the approval of a RM5 million allocation to the Perak government for the provision of basic infrastructure for a housing project for 586 residents in Buntong, besides an additional allocation of RM1 million for the Indian Community’s Education Fund.
Source : Bernama