KUALA LUMPUR – Forging greater unity among Malaysians is one of the major challenges that needs to be given priority towards achieving the National Transformation 2050 (TN50) agenda, said Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin.
To this end, he said that of the factors that had to be looked into was the country’s education system.
The current system was agreed upon by the races when Malaysia gained its independence decades ago, he said, adding that now many felt that it was a hindrance to national unity.
“Today we have national, Chinese-type, Tamil-type as well as international schools.
This was agreed upon before and we respect that. Maybe it was workable during that time, but not now,” he said during a TN50 dialogue with Touch ‘N Go young executives here today.
Khairy said the matter of unity was not something tangible like economic statistics and rankings that could be easily measured or achieved.
‘’It involves the feeling of togetherness. Looking ahead, we have to solve the problem with a better policy in the next 30 years,” Khairy said.
The minister, however, noted that Malaysia was known around the world as an example of a good multiracial country with multiple ethnic groups living together in peace and harmony.
“This is something that we have to maintain and continue to fight for, unity is our identity and an image that defines Malaysia,” he said, adding this was one of the more popular aspirations voiced out during TN50 dialogue sessions conducted so far.
TN50, a brainchild of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, is a futuristic policy being formulated to chart the national direction in the next 30 years after 2020. – BERNAMA