KUALA LUMPUR – Any plan that promotes national reconciliation, moderation, harmony and unity in diversity will be supported by MCA.
It is time to band together to address the various issues facing the nation, said party president Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai (pic).
“We need to deal with the differing minds from the various stakeholders of all races in urban and rural communities,” he said in a statement.
Liow said MCA had proposed a National Reconciliation Council for Political Governance, Religious Affairs and Unity.
MCA, he added, had no issue with the proposal to set up the National Consultative Council 2 (NCC2), saying it was important for a rational and moderate discussion on issues affecting the nation.
Liow was responding to calls backing the proposed NCC2 by prominent banker Datuk Seri Nazir Razak.
“The format can be in different form but the idea is a good one.
“Let it be a joint initiative by the government and the private sector.
“For it to succeed, all stakeholders must be represented including government representatives,” he added.
Nazir, who is also the Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak’s brother, had reiterated his call for the setting up of NCC2 at The Star’s Moderation book launch recently.
Other prominent Malaysians, including former minister Tan Sri Effendi Norwawi and senior lawyer Datuk Johari Razak had also emphasised on the need for NCC2.
Liow said Pemandu could possibly take the lead in such a plan.
The original NCC was set up in 1970 after the May 13, 1969 riots to “establish positive and practical guidelines for inter-racial co-operation and social integration for the growth of a Malaysian national identity”.
It was created by Malaysia’s second prime minister Tun Abdul Razak Hussein.
The NCC2 supporters said it was time for the proposed council after close to 46 years, especially with Malaysia celebrating its 60th national day next year.
Liow said the moderates should lead the national discourse on the way forward for Malaysia.
“We must never allow the religious and racial bigots to hijack our future.
“The moderates must chart the course of our country,” he said.
Liow added that Malaysia’s future course cannot be decided by street protests by extremists. – The Star Online