PM: De­velop all races to­gether

> But do not let Malays and bu­mipu­tra lag be­hind

The Sun (Malaysia) - - NEWS WITHOUT BORDERS -

SHAH ALAM: Malay and bu­mipu­tra-based prin­ci­ples are core as­pects in race uni­fi­ca­tion in Malaysia, said Prime Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Na­jib Ab­dul Razak, adding that both are the main fea­tures en­shrined in the Fed­eral Con­sti­tu­tion.

He said un­der the con­sti­tu­tion, Malay was the of­fi­cial lan­guage but other lan­guages were al­lowed to be spo­ken freely.

“Is­lam is also the of­fi­cial re­li­gion but other re­li­gions are al­lowed to be prac­tised freely and the head of state is the Yang di-Per­tuan Agong, who is elected from among the nine Malay rulers.

“If you ac­cept these prin­ci­ples, then it is easy to go for­ward. When we want to de­velop the coun­try, we must de­velop all races but do not let the Malays and bu­mipu­tra lag be­hind,” he said when clos­ing the Na­tional Con­ven­tion on Race Uni­fi­ca­tion at Univer­siti Te­knologi Mara (UiTM) here yes­ter­day.

He said the in­ter­ests of all races would be taken into ac­count in dis­cus­sions re­lat­ing to the Na­tional Trans­for­ma­tion Vi­sion 2050 (TN50), with the core ob­jec­tives cen­tred around Malays and bu­mipu­tra, Ber­nama reported.

Na­jib was re­fer­ring to a re­port by Khaz­anah Na­sional that showed the most ef­fec­tive so­cial mo­bil­ity fac­tor was ac­cess to af­ford­able ed­u­ca­tion that ben­e­fited all races. He said even if par­ents were in the B40 group, it did not mean that their chil­dren would re­main there.

Na­jib said in or­der to achieve TN50, the peo­ple must be de­ter­mined to suc­ceed and help cre­ate more global play­ers in fu­ture.

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