Selasa, 16 Jun 2009

Najib: 1Malaysia is not DAP's Malaysian Malaysia

KUALA LUMPUR: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak today dismissed DAP's claim that the 1Malaysia concept was taken from DAP's Malaysian Malaysia concept.

"It is not true that the 1Malaysia concept was copied from Malaysian Malaysia. The meaning of Malaysian Malaysia is far from it. What is important is that it does not revolve around the constitution whether it is obvious or hidden in meaning," said Najib, when answering a supplementary question from Karpal Singh (Bukit Gelugor-DAP) on the concept of 1Malaysia.

On his first day in parliament as premier, Najib was given the opportunity to answer questions on 1Malaysia put forth by many MPs during the question-and-answer session.

He said the 1Malaysia concept was to help cultivate unity among the multiracial community based on important values that should be practised by all. The concept would complement all existing policies to strengthen unity in ensuring stability, achieving success and higher development for the people and country.

"The 1Malaysia is based on a formula that is a pre-condition to ensure the country achieves developed country status by 2020," said Najib, adding that there was nothing to fear as the concept was based on what was agreed on by the founding fathers of the country.

He said the 1Malaysia concept appreciates and respects the identity of all ethnic groups and it stresses acceptance among the people.

The concept, he said, is based on three main thrusts — nationalistic principles based on the Federal Constitution, Rukun Negara and social justice.

"In showing the government's commitment to the people, the government has come out with the ‘People First, Performance Now' theme. Besides stressing on unity, the government will also give importance to issues that are important to the people.

"The government will also stress on the performance of its civil servants when dealing with the people," he said, adding that the government understood the importance of efficiency and quality of service.

Najib denied he had said that he would not keep the keris until it had tasted Chinese blood during a rally at Kampung Baru at the height of the 1987 Operasi Lalang when asked by Karpal. The veteran lawyer also asked him to apologise to the Chinese community.

"That incident did not happen and I never said those words," he said, adding that it was Karpal who should apologise, and not him.

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