KANGAR: Malaysia’s ranking as one of the most peaceful countries in Southeast Asia and the world is due to its effective security and value systems.
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said most Malaysians hate and reject violence.
“The value system that we have been fostering make almost all Malaysians abhor violence.
“It is the best protection against all that we reject extremism, militancy and violence,” he said, commenting on a Global Peace Index 2011 report that ranked Malaysia the 19th safest of 153 countries surveyed.
The report also placed Malaysia as the most peaceful in Southeast Asia and fourth in the Asia-Pacific region, after New Zealand, Japan and Australia.
After meeting Barisan Nasional leaders here, Najib, who turned 58 yesterday, said that it was his birthday wish to see continued peace in Malaysia.
In MALACCA, Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said Malaysia has set a target of being among the Top 10 most peaceful countries in the world.
He said more measures will be introduced to move the country towards that goal and everyone especially young Malaysians will have to cooperate to make this possible.
“On the Government’s part, I will evaluate reports submitted by the relevant security forces to ensure we can expedite elevating our barometer,” he said after opening the national-level Crime Prevention Month at the Malacca International Trade Centre in Ayer Keroh here yesterday.
Extending his gratitude to the police, he said all Malaysians should be proud of the ranking.
“Therefore, we have to sustain or, better still, improve our ranking and this is where the role of young people is important.”
In TANGKAK, Johor Mentri Besar Datuk Abdul Ghani Othman said while Malaysia is recognised as one of the safest countries in the world, there were still some quarters trying to cause disunity among the people.
These spoilers not only try to cause a split between one race and another but also within their respective communities, he told a dinner gathering in conjunction with the Johor Unity Carnival 2011 at Bukit Gambir, near here, on Friday.
“Sad to say, there are parties that want to disunite the people,” lamented Ghani.
Source : The Star