KUCHING, June 13 (Bernama) — Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak said the government has a dream of creating one people and one nation in line with the 1Malaysia concept.
Besides strengthening racial unity and implementing fair policies for all, he hoped the 1Malaysia concept would also enhance integration and solidarity between the peninsula and Sabah and Sarawak towards building a better future for the people.
“Although the peninsula is separated from Sabah and Sarawak by the South China Sea, we only have one dream and not different dreams while sharing a pillow,” he said at the Malaysia Gawai Dayak 2009 open house organised by the Information, Communications and Culture Ministry and the Sarawak government, at the State Unity Stadium, here, Saturday night.
The celebration themed “1Malaysia – Segulai Sejalai” (1Malaysia – Together In Unity), was also attended by Sarawak Yang Dipertua Negeri Tun Abang Salahuddin Abang Barieng, Chief Minister Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud and Information, Communications and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Dr Rais Yatim.
Najib said the harvest festival which could strengthen unity among the people who were celebrating the fruit of their labour, was Sarawak’s best example of the 1Malaysia concept.
“Wherever we are, whether in a remote longhouse or right in the city centre of Kuala Lumpur, we are all in the one Malaysia we love,” he said, while referring to the Gawai festival as arousing of the spirit to forge unity and ties among the various ethnic groups under one roof — 1Malaysia.
He said Sarawak portrayed a people’s life that was full of colour in terms of culture and attire, and filled with harmony which could be regarded as an asset or advantage that Sarawakians could be proud of.
“1Malaysia carries a meaning from the aspect of the government’s commitment that each ethnic group should receive assistance and protection from the government so that the country emerges as one that practises the principle of social justice.
“I hope the message at this gathering is a manifestation of our aspiration to continue with the struggle and carry out whatever development programmes, so that the lot of each ethnic group and society in Sarawak and the country is looked after by the government through the 1Malaysia concept.”
Najib said in line with the concept, the government would ensure that groups who still lagged behind and were poor would get more aid, especially those living in remote areas.
For example, he said, the government gave special consideration to rural students, including in Sarawak and Sabah, when offering the Public Service Department (PSD) scholarships for further studies recently.
He was confident that the people could take the same path with the government in line with this year’s Gawai festival theme, more so as Sarawak made the apt decision to join the federation of Malaysia 46 years ago and possessing a strong sense of belonging since.
While congratulating Taib for making Sarawak a dynamic state through its development efforts, Najib said unity in diversity had always been the government’s formula.
“The government will continue to strive to bring greater prosperity to the people, besides providing basic facilities which are still inadequate, especially in the remote areas so that the people there will also benefit from modernisation,” he said.
Najib said he would visit Sarawak three times this month alone to fulfil his responsibility as prime minister.
Source : Bernama