PETALING JAYA: The 1Malaysia concept should not be misused by anyone to make extreme or unreasonable demands on the government.
Instead, Datuk Seri Najib Razak hopes the concept, which he introduced upon taking over as prime minister on April 3, can lead to stronger unity.
“I hope the 1Malaysia concept is not misused by anyone.
“It should be understood based on three main thrusts — comprehensive acceptance, nationhood and social justice,” he said after launching the National Unity Week at the IOI Mall in Puchong yesterday.
Among those at the event were Najib’s wife, Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Tan Sri Dr Koh Tsu Koon and Deputy Foreign Affairs Minister A. Kohilan Pillay.
At the event, Najib also gave out the Kalung Perpaduan Award 2009 to seven recipients in five categories.
They were singer Datuk David Arumugam of the pop group Alleycats (arts category), Sports Unite sports club (sports), Sinar Harian (media), Zubedy (M) Sdn Bhd (corporate), and Dr Harun Pudin, Mathavan Sangaran and Toh Eng Leong (community).
Earlier, Najib said when acceptance is “practised”, it meant the rakyat accepted the country’s multiracialism as an asset or strength.
“The social justice thrust encourages everyone to help each other, regardless of background, religion or race.”
He said the 1Malaysia concept promoted national unity and it could bring the nation to a better and higher level, if it was understood by all.
“From now on, think how national unity can be our nation’s strength.
“By upholding the 1Malaysia concept, we can build one dream, one vision and one dynamic country. Unity is the key to the transformation of the nation.”
Meanwhile, Koh said several proposals to strengthen the Rukun Tetangga would be submitted to the prime minister soon.
He said the move was taken to fulfil today’s needs and was also in line with the government’s commitment to put the needs of the people first, with a priority on achievements.
Source : New Straits Times