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PM: Malaysia can only be successful if we reject racial bias

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Publish date: Mon, 23 Jan 2023, 05:21 PM

BAYAN LEPAS: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim has called on all Malaysians to accept religious and racial differences in this country as a strength in uniting each other.

The country, he said, can only be successful if the people are united and reject all forms of racial bias.

He said the concept of "Masyarakat Madani", espoused by the federal government under his leadership, will have no meaning if there is still competition and narrow understanding between religion and race among the people.

"No one had asked to be born a Malay, Chinese, Indian, Kadazan or Dayak, rather it was a gift from Allah that needs to be accepted and celebrated.

"Malaysians must have the courage to reject the narrow understanding of racism as well as the abuse of power and corruption.

"If we succeed in doing this, I am confident that we (Malaysia) will be able to record a very excellent level of progress that we have never recorded in the history of the country. This will only happen with an intact spirit in the country," he said.

Anwar was speaking at Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow's Chinese New Year open house at the Spice Arena here today.

Present was Yang di-Pertua Negeri Tun Ahmad Fuzi Abdul Razak, accompanied by his wife, Toh Puan Khadijah Mohd Nor.

Also present was Anwar's wife, Datin Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail.

In his speech, Anwar also praised the Penang government, which he deemed successful in centralising economic development that goes hand in hand with social justice for the people, including the urban poor and B40.

"That is why, as I emphasised before, the distribution of wealth needs to be balanced and we need to do something more for the lower class and B40 communities.

"Only then, the development will be more balanced and fair and this has been done for a long time in Penang," he said.

Anwar said a balanced and fair development for all groups of people could not be achieved if the national economy could not be driven forward and become more successful.

At the same time, he said, economic and national progress would also fail if there was no seriousness in changing the system that legitimises the practise of corruption and embezzlement.

Earlier, Anwar said he was happy to be in Penang as this was his first trip back to the state after being sworn in as the prime minister on Nov 24 last year.

 

https://www.nst.com.my/news/nation/2023/01/872884/updated-pm-malaysia-can-only-be-successful-if-we-reject-racial-bias

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Sslee

It is about time now we need color blind leaders and citizens to reset and rebuilt Malaysia

6 days ago

DickyMe

It is not only racial bias but religious intolerance.
Religious intolerance is rising.
Racial bias is fueled by religious sermons.
Just attend one and listen to the load of venom spitted out.

6 days ago

DickyMe

Anwar is making same mistake as Dr. Mahatir.
Trying to be champion ..

6 days ago

Sslee

Tun M is Malay First and Moo/Sabri try very hard to imitate Tun.
Tok guru is religion first and Hadi turn it into Islam first.
LGE try very hard to be Malaysian first but fall short as arrogant.

Our current PM DSAI walk a tight rope as Malaysian first and also religion of all faith first.

5 days ago

StartOfTheBull

The PM said, "The country can only be successful if the people are united and reject all forms of racial bias."
Food for thought: If anyone think this is rhetoric, how about if he said the opposite?
Nevertheless, I believe everyone hopes the country is indeed heading in a better direction even if racial bias cannot be removed for now.

5 days ago

qqq47660

We are at an interesting point when politicians and royalty want to promote harmony.....

5 days ago

qqq47660

people will vote by race...............but live harmoniously is the objective.

4 days ago

speakup

problem is everything, every single thing in malaysia is looked thru a RACIAL LENS!

4 days ago

speakup

as long as malaysia practice a form of apartheid policy, there is no hope of becoming a rich 1st world nation

4 days ago

speakup

how malaysia can get rich when all it's educated talented skilled labour migrate overseas to australia, singapore, uk, usa, dll, but malaysia import low skilled uneducated labour from bangladesh, myanmar, indonesia, nepal, dll

4 days ago

speakup

all the countries like australia, singapore, uk, usa, dll are laughing at us behind our backs!!!!!

4 days ago

qqq47660

Education Ministry says no discrimination in SPM prep at Johor’s SMK Infant Jesus Convent............................. that is very brave of education ministry already.

4 days ago

qqq47660

every action get equal and opposite reaction............


don't forget that.

4 days ago

qqq47660

its important to go slow.

4 days ago

qqq47660

don't be in a hurry.

4 days ago

OnTime

pls change the federal constitution to reflect this idealism/concept otherwise it's just empty rhetoric by the prime minister!

4 days ago

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