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PM: Embrace total acceptance

By Friday July 29th, 2011 No Comments

ALOR SETAR: Malaysians must break down all walls that separate and differentiate them from each other, said the Prime Minister.

“Being tolerant is no longer enough,” said Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, adding that it was time to embrace the spirit of total acceptance.

“If we say we are tolerant of each other, that means there still exists walls that will make us feel a bit uneasy with each other.

“But if we truly accept each other, then we can celebrate our togetherness and be fully united as Malaysians,” he said when launching the 100-year celebration of SMJK (C) Keat Hwa here yesterday.

Using football as an analogy, Najib said Malaysians, irrespective of any position they play in the team, needed to cooperate to ensure victory.

However, he said, if one decided not to play his part and scored an own goal, it was Team Malaysia that would lose.

Najib also admitted there was still room to improve the democratic system in the country.

“But don’t let anyone deny that we are democratic,” he said, adding that Malaysians must always be grateful to their forefathers for agreeing to have various school systems in the country.

“Do not be blind to history and be an ingrate. Otherwise, we will not have this diverse system in the country,” he said.

Najib also announced an allocation of RM1.1mil for several Chinese schools in Kedah.

Speaking to thousands of youths at a special gathering in Pendang near here later, Najib said as Prime Minister and Barisan Nasional chairman he would not want to win elections by manipulating the ballot boxes.

“We want to win by being elected by the people fair and square,” he said.

Source : The Star

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