KUALA LUMPUR: Second Prime Minister Tun Abdul Razak Hussein had already initiated a few policies which were specifically designed to help build the country, and the legacy must be continued so Malaysia can become more successful.
Former International Trade and Industry Minister Tan Sri Rafidah Aziz said for example, Tun Abdul Razak had introduced policies to redistribute wealth among the people, reduce racial tension and further build trust among races as well as narrowing the gap between the rural and the urban areas.
She said in order for Malaysia to be more prosperous, the country needed to refocus and recommit on the ‘nation building’ aspect.
“His (proven) legacies (on nation building) are our responsibilities to carry on,” said Rafidah when delivering her keynote address during the Special Commemorative Seminar on Tun Abdul Razak (Prime Minister of Malaysia 1970-1976), here Thursday.
She reminded everyone that ‘petty factionalism’ in this country needed to be stopped immediately or else it would only jeopardise the nation’s ambition to thrive forward.
Rafidah, who is also the Chairman of AirAsia X, said during Abdul Razak’s time, he would make sure any kind of racial tension was eradicated fast before it did more harm to the country, and the current leadership should emulate such action.
Apart from Rafidah, the panelists of the first session, called “Forging A New Political Consensus For Nation Building – Challenges and Issues”, were the fifth Prime Minister Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi; Chairman of Tenaga Nasional Berhad and former minister Tan Sri Leo Moggie; as well as former minister and former parliament secretary to Tun Abdul Razak, Tan Sri Michael Chen.
Meanwhile, Abdullah fondly known as Pak Lah, told the audience that Abdul Razak was a strong and passionate advocate of democracy.
He said Abdul Razak had the chance to keep on running the country through the National Operations Council (Mageran) in the cause of restoring peace after the May 13, 1969 incident, but the latter refused and opted to give the power of choosing leaders back to the voters.
Abdullah claimed everyone closed to Abdul Razak at that time were shocked with the decision but those people later respected his decision and his belief in the concept of democracy.– BERNAMA