KUCHING: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak wants all to work together to make Malaysia a better place.
“Let us will work together – government with the government, people with the people, leaders with the leaders – under the Malaysian alliance to develop a far better future for all,” he said at the national-level Gawai Dayak celebrations at the Indoor Stadium here last night.
He said the theme of the Gawai Dayak, 1Malaysia-Segulai, Sejalai, (1Malaysia, Togetherness, One Direction) showed that all races were assets to the country.
“The complex composition of the country’s population is a source of strength to the country. What more if the complexities can be turned into a strong alliance under the 1Malaysia concept that would be difficult to break by anyone,” he said.
“Therefore, let us make the Gawai as a source of inspiration to foster closer relations among the various races, under the 1Malaysia umbrella.
“The 1Malaysia concept has brought new commitment from the government to help all races in the country.”
The concept also meant that the government would continue to help any quarter based on social justice.
“All sections of society, regardless of whether they are in urban or rural areas, would be attended to by the government. I hope this message is a manifestation by the government to help and implement whatever programmes so that all ethnic groups in Sarawak and the country would know that their welfare will be taken care of.”
In this vein, he said, if a certain community was lagging far behind or poor, it was justifiable that they received more attention from the government.
“We will ensure that we work together to develop those in the rural areas as they need more attention from the government. For example, when we offer scholarships through the Public Service Department, we give special consideration to the rural areas, including those in Sarawak and Sabah.”
Najib said the people of Sarawak had made the right decision by joining the Malaysian federation some 46 years ago.
Apart from unifying the various races and treating them to fair policies, Najib said the 1Malaysia concept was also a unifying and consolidating factor of the three regions — Peninsular Malaysia, Sarawak and Sabah.
“When we have a united association in line with the 1Malaysia concept, we can make sure that, although Sarawak and Sabah are separated by South China Sea from Peninsular Malaysia, we are able to have one dream, one people, under a united Malaysia.”
He said this was the joint aspiration of all Malaysians.
“We have one dream. We don’t sleep on one pillow and with different dreams. We have one dream, that is, a Malaysian nation that is united and one which has an excellent future. We are one people although we wear different clothes under the 1Malaysia concept. And whether we are in remote areas in Sarawak or in the middle of Kuala Lumpur City, we are the same people.
“With the good working relationship between Sarawak and the Federal Government, we will bring more development to the state,” he said, adding that he would come more often to Sarawak.
On Gawai Dayak, Najib said it had succeeded in instilling the spirit of unity among the various ethnic groups in Sarawak.
Chief Minister Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud, in his speech, said Sarawak would give its full support to the 1Malaysia concept.
A bit of the cultures of all the races in the state — from the beat of the Iban gongs to the haunting sounds of the Orang Ulu’s sape and to the mesmerising Indian and Chinese dances — were all on show in a colourful night of songs and dances.
One of the highlights of the night was a musical drama based on mythical Iban character Simpang Impang. Like most tales, this was also a tale of good over evil. But it was at the wedding of Simpang Impang whose script the producer rewrote to fit the theme of 1Malaysia Segulai Sejalai, roughly translated as in unity, we move in the same direction towards 1Malaysia.
Source : The Star