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Tuesday, August 25, 2009

My Definition for 1Malaysia

This is the 1k word essay i wrote to JomMasukUsm as a finalist to win an Ipod Shuffle. Hopefully to get some constructive comments... but yea i know it's long to read.. but have fun anyways!

Many ideas and questions stirred in my heart when I was asked what will I do if I am the most influential leader of the country. I could assume my first thought is almost identical as anyone’s answer that is about the utilizing of multiracial status and all, but how could we really understand the uniqueness of a south east Asia country, Malaysia, to be different compared to other multiracial country too? My answer is “to lead 1malaysia publicize their basic, greatest asset splendidly, that is multiracial and placing unity the top priority”

What really inspires me is what our beloved prime minister Dato’ Sri Najib Razak idea for 1malaysia, even though at first sight it might sound another useless propaganda from the government, and many of my friends take it as a joke for the unity among the nations in this colourful land, but I see the true colours behind his meaning.

How is Dato’ Sri Najib Razak inclined towards something as haunting and anathema as this to many of his UMNO colleagues and war lords? Surely nothing that he has said or done in his lifetime that I can think of that I could associate 1 Malaysia or its theme to. The answer is back to the moment when Rukun Negara was proclaimed on the 31 August 1970 by the Yang Di Pertuan Agong, and Najib has done a good job on reminding how 1Malaysia concept goes along with the principles of Rukun Negara. And yet, what is it that we recite and remember of it? the pledge:

We, the people of Malaysia pledge our united efforts to attain these ends, guided by these principle.
Belief in God,
Loyalty to King and Country,
Supremacy to the Constitution,
The Rule of Law,
Mutual respect and good social behaviour.

But sadly, this pledge is often an every Monday routine for school students and it’s meaning is often being treated insignificantly. But our prime minister shared his view for this pledge, and that really makes me think that His intention or surprise for 1Malaysia concept is not like any prime minister did before. He shared it as the meaning behind it as…

Our nation, Malaysia is dedicated to:
Achieving a greater unity for all her people,
Maintaining a democratic way of life,
Creating a just society in which the wealth of the nation shall be equitably distributed;
Ensuring a liberal approach to her rich and diverse cultural tradition,
Building a progressive society which shall be oriented to modern science and technology.

And all these, we could relate it with the right path and vision settings for a nation with multiracial status to excel while placing unity in the top priority.I have met quite a number of international student, and one word they define Malaysia is truly truly Multiculture and Multiracial, after all the other multiracial countries they have been, they really mean that Malaysia is such a country to have truly culture, races diverse activities, such as Raya open houses etc.. and everything being blend into a colourful canvas, but not divided by skin or geographically or social economy responsibility.

I can see the 1 Malaysia prescribed by Najib is consistent with what his late father, Tun Razak, prescribed as the National Ideology of the nation way back in 1970. It is sad that this has been throughout this time been shafted and mostly forgotten. Najib may have tested waters including reference to 1 Malaysia in his opening speech. Many have tried to define what it might be within the acceptable mores of their convoluted minds. But I say, 1 Malaysia is right there for all to see in the Rukun Negara. If we have only been able to recite the principles without seeing where it is supposed to head us to, maybe it is about time we started reciting the dedication of the Rukun Negara.

The term 1Malaysia , however is not a fresh idea, however it has been used by our neighbour country, Singapore decades ago. I was reading Lee Kuan Yew’s book, The Singapore Story, truly one of the best books that planted a lesson in my heart. It was the time Singapore was a truly a resourceless, helpless and having no security, in it’s most vulnerable state. But Lee Kuan Yew stood up and suggested the concept of 1Singapore, and it worked fantastically, his words in the book really gave me a picture how a third world country turn into a first world country, just one thing, Unity.

However in our case, It’s a certain thing that we have a little more obstacle as we have a larger geographical area and hard to have an even and constant improvement across the big terrain as compared to Singapore. And right now, Najib’s 1 Malaysia Idea is truly a challenging one, and on the question JomMasukUsm asked me, my answer might not seem original, which I state that I will do the same way as our Prime Minister intended, Simply just means I truly respect the plans he has right now, that I believe and being optimist that His plans will really sketch a better Malaysia for tomorrow.

“ I encourage each of you to join me in defining our Malaysia and the role we must play in its future. Each of us — despite our differences — shares a desire for a better tomorrow. Each of us wants opportunity, respect, friendship, and understanding.” Dato’ Sri Najib Razak.

Lastly, I would like to conclude His awesome plans with a quotation, “It takes only a person to score a goal in the Game, but it takes a team to win it all” Our Respectable Prime Minister has taken the first step to score the goal, are we going to join him hand to hand, or just being at the substitute stand cowardly? You say.