KULIM – Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak called on the people to avoid
making sensitive racial statements that could hurt one another.
He said if all parties could do this, Malaysia could emerge as a “Ray of
Hope” among the developing countries.
“We must consider the feelings of every race in this country; avoid using
words that are sensitive just to spite. Like the Indian community who have
contributed much to this country, do not call them immigrants.
“Because if we call them immigrants, we do not consider them as our
countrymen, as having a citizenship to which they are entitled,” he said at the
Deepavali Open House 2015 held at Dataran Kulim yesterday.
Also present were his wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor and MIC President Datuk
Seri Dr S. Subramaniam.
“Similarly, don’t use words that could agitate Muslims in the country,” said
the prime minister.
He also pointed out that racial and religious conflicts not only happen in
developing countries but also in advanced countries including America and
“Even developed countries have racial profiling as seen in America and
Europe. The process of nation-building must continue from one generation to the
next,” he said.
He said if the current generation held to the fundamentals outlined by the
nation’s founders according to the social contract and the Federal Constitution,
then Malaysia would surely be successful.
On the new MIC lineup, the prime minister hoped it would work more
effectively in serving the Indian community in the country.
The new MIC leadership under Subramaniam who is also Health Minister has
been described as a breath of fresh air in the struggle to empower the Indian
community in the country.
The Indian community, he said, had developed rapidly through fair, equal and
inclusive policies implemented by the government under Barisan Nasional (BN).
Meanwhile, Najib said Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi would visit
Malaysia soon and “hopefully, he would see how the Indian community here,
although merely 7.5 per cent of the population could still play a significant
role in the country”.
Menteri Besar Datuk Mukhriz Mahathir, Tourism and Culture Deputy Minister
Datuk Mas Ermieyati and state government officials were also at the event.