OPINION: Plural society a strength

By Saturday May 23rd, 2009 No Comments

PEKAN: The country’s plural society is a source of strength in the current challenge to turn Malaysia into a high-income country.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Najib Tun Razak said the multiracial composition here created opportunities to attract investors from China, Asean and the Middle East.

He urged Malaysians to unite under the 1Malaysia concept in an effort to create a more liberalised economic environment and att-ract more foreign investments.

Najib said previously, Parti Perikatan had successfully brought the country independence, followed by the first transformation by Barisan Nasional in turning Malaysia into an agriculture-based nation.

“In our second phase, we have transformed as the industrial country, followed by the third phase of making the services sector as our economic base.

“Now, we have the challenge of turning Malaysia into a high-income country,” he said in his dinner speech to mark the 24th anniversary of the Pahang Federation of Chinese Associations here last night.

Also present were Pahang Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Adnan Yaakob, MCA president Datuk Seri Ong Tee Keat, Gerakan president Tan Sri Dr Koh Tsu Koon, Pahang Federation of Chinese Association chairman Tan Sri Peng Yin Huah as well as other MCA and Chinese leaders.

Najib also commended the 100,000 members of the association for playing a part in contributing to the nation’s growth.

Earlier at another function, the Prime Minister urged pensioners to emulate former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, who was still sharp and energetic at 84-years-old.

Najib said those who retained a sharp sense of mind and stayed healthy could make a significant contribution to the nation even if they no longer served the Government.

Source : The Star

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