Unity a pre-requisite for developed nation, says Najib
PETALING JAYA, Sept 23 — Datuk Seri Najib Razak said today that national unity was critical for the country to achieve its goal to be a developed country by 2020.
This comes as the country’s national discourse continues to be marred by racial and religious debates.
Najib (picture) said that maintaining acceptance, moderation and harmony was “possibly the most crucial” factor for Malaysia to be a high income nation by 2020.
“For that (economic) progress to continue we must ensure that moderation, tolerance and respect for others forms the basis of our national creed,” said Najib at the National Conference on Making A High Income Nation A Reality here.
He added that the “Malaysian spirit” has been “invigorated” by his recent moves to enhance the country’s democratic environment by repealing oppressive laws such as the ISA.
The prime minister also said that while Malaysia had weathered the global economic crisis relatively well, he noted that there were persistant fiscal and economic problems in the US and EU and the country’s ability to thrive would depend on a “benign external environment.”
The Najib administration has set a goal of making Malaysia a high-income nation with a per capita GNI of US$15,000 (RM47,250) by growing at a rate of 6 per cent per annum. Read in full here.
Other countries like Indonesia, Thailand even Singapore etc. allow for ONLY one National School System and as a result the children of these countries of all races from the majority to the minority race were able to mix with each other and speak and learn in the same Language. Undeniably when we know each other, speak the same common language, there will be less distrust there will be more mixing and UNITY among races would be much easier to achieve. Let me share the following thought provoking post with readers:
Can National Schools Be The Choice of All Malaysians?
I have always been concerned about the parallel lives that some Malaysians lead. By definition, lines that are parallel never meet. And that is more or less what is happening to some of our youth, living trajectories that do not allow them opportunities to have meaningful interaction with Malaysians from other ethnic communities. Read More here.
1 Sekolah Untuk Semua
I’m the product of a 1 Sekolah system. I started schooling in Singapore in 1968, a year before the May 13 racial clashes and three years after the island achieved its Independence. The government of Lee Kuan Yew went about to “integrate’ all primary schools. My school on West Coast Road had a flag of blue and yellow, and for many years it was known as Jubilee Malay Primary School. By the time I went to Primary 1B, it was called Jubilee Primary (Integrated) School. They abolished the Sekolah Melayu Jubilee. Other vernacular schools around the island were systematically replaced by “integrated” schools. Singapore went for its 1 School for All and I thought that they were doing quite alright. Read more here.
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So let me ask you this now…..which one is more?
How many more kids in their early years are segregated in an Alien Language which is only spoken on a daily basis by less than 20% of the population…. Racial Disunity of course is a co-mingling of many factors, one key component is how well we understand one another…..and of which language plays a very important role..
Satu Sekolah Untuk Semua
This key problem in language brings us back to vernacular schooling ….lets assume a kid from 7 to 12 years old goes to to a vernacular school..how many hours a day does he goes around thinking, learning, communicating in Mandarin/Tamil…goes home after school probably into an environment that continues to speak Non-national Languages..or even other foreign language dialects……how much interaction in BM or English will this group children have as a % of their life minus the early years say up till 5/6 years old….ask yourself would these group of children be racially united with other kids of different race who do not speak the language that they speak fluently….. as with any problem..there are root causes…..and if language is one of the possible root cause of disunity then we must face the issue on vernacular schooling head on..without fear and without politics clouding our judgment……….Read more here.