What 1MALAYSIA Is Meant To Mean
Ever since DS Najib took over the Malaysia’s Premiership in March 2009, one of the most uttered words in Malaysia has been 1MALAYSIA.
DS Najib’s choice of ‘1MALAYSIA, Rakyat Didahulukan Pencapaian Diutamakan’ as his ‘battlecry ‘ could not have come at a more appropriate time. For over 50 years after the independence of Federation of Malaya, in Bahasa Melayu, Persekutuan Tanah Melayu, in 1957, 6 years before the formation of Malaysia, MAJORITY of Malayans, later Malaysians, were working together SELFLESSLY to build the newly independent country, UPON the foundations carefully put in place by the co-founders of our modern nation.
By and large, the multi-racial Malaysians had accepted the long-term basis of living together, known as the SOCIAL CONTRACT, agreed upon by our forefathers, which became the FUNDAMENTALS of the Malaysian Constitution. The 50 over years of PEACE and POLITICAL STABILITY had brought about PROGRESS and PROSPERITY to the country and the Rakyat. Towards the end of 50 post-independence years, Malaysia had joined the rank of TOP 20 BIGGEST TRADING NATION on this planet Earth, besides enjoying the praise and respect of being home of world’s tallest landmark, the Petronas Twin-Towers.
However, results of the PRU 12 in 2008 clearly exposed SERIOUS THREAT to the long-held belief that ‘Malaysian Model’ had been one of the most successful in the world in building a multi-racial country. What went wrong, that after 50 years of PEACE, STABILITY and PROSPERITY, certain sections of Malaysians began to openly questioned the FOUNDATIONS of our nation, on which stood one of the most celebrated LANDMARKS in the world. What went wrong that MOST NOISES were coming from the more physically developed states like Selangor, Perak, Kuala Lumpur and Penang. Co-incidently, the states have relatively higher percentage of non-Malays than other less developed states.
Events unfolding after the PRU 12 are putting Malaysia at a MAJOR cross-road. Is Malaysia taking similar DISINTEGRATION route which had overwhelmed countries like Soviet Union, Yugoslavia, and to some extent Lebanon? How much more the non-Malays would gain by trying to ‘knock down’ the foundations of our modern nation which were carefully put in place by our forefathers. Would not such selfish endevours end up with the COLLAPSE of the whole building and put all in peril?
DS Najib’s ‘1MALAYSIA, Rakyat Didahulukan Pencapaian Diutamakan’ battle-cry is well-meant to bring together the multi-racial rakyat to the original path of walking hand-in-hand along a single path, towards a single destination, and together we build the nation.
When DS NAJIB unvailed the ‘1MALAYSIA’ , I summarised his aspirations as follows:
1. ALL Malaysians will be taken care of, and none will be sidelined.
2. ALL Malaysians will accept the multi-racial nature of our society, over and above the ‘tolerant’ level.
3. Let the multi-racial nature of our society be the source of our strength and excellence.
4. Lets achieve UNITY despite DIVERSITY.
5. ALL Malaysians will enjoy EQUAL rights and opportunities, within the framework of our Federal Constitution.
Malaysians have no other options, but to accept facts of history which coloured our Constitution, and accept to live side by side with people of different races, creeds, religions and peculiarites, and turn Malaysia into ‘Heaven on Earth’. Despite certain provisions in our Constitution, there is BIG ENOUGH CAKE to share, rather than fight for. The other option is DEAD-END, PERIL and SELF-DESTRUCTION.