KUALA LUMPUR – Malaysia needs all parties to work together in achieving national unity and to meet the aspiration of building a better country for the present and future generations, said Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Dr Salleh Said Keruak.
The government cannot achieve all these by itself, he said in a post on his blog, sskeruak.blogspot.my, today in memory of the legacy of Malaysia’s second Prime Minister Tun Abdul Razak Hussein who passed away four decades ago on Jan 14, 1976.
Salleh said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, who shared the same dreams and aspiration as his father, was focusing his efforts on nation building.
“These next few years are going to be a very critical period for the world at large, and this would include Malaysia as well. (Thus) We need to not only focus on nation building but also on how the economy can be strengthened and race-religion politics can be reduced, if not eliminated, all together,” he said.
Salleh said Tun Razak, who was known as ‘Bapa Perpaduan’ (Father of Unity) in the aftermath of the 1969 race riots, infamously known as ‘May 13’, mooted the idea of the Barisan Nasional so that all political parties in Malaysia could unite under one coalition and everyone could focus on nation building and less on politicking.
“Tun Razak’s intention was to reduce political enmity and to focus on the country and its future. Tun Razak believed that one could still be a gentleman in politics and not treat political rivals as enemies,” he said.
Salleh said DAP did not join this coalition or what could be called a ‘unity government’ while PAS left after just a couple of years and went back to being an opposition party.
Tun Razak, born on March 11, 1922, became prime minister of Malaysia on Sept 22, 1970, and eventually came to be declared the Father of Development. He passed away of leukaemia in London on Jan 14, 1976.
Najib, Tun Razak’s eldest son, became the sixth prime minister of Malaysia on April 3, 2009. – BERNAMA