SUNGAI BULOH: The Prime Minister’s 1Malaysia concept must be given a chance to flourish to ensure continuous social harmony in the country, said MCA president Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek.
He urged Malaysians to accept differing values among the communities to maintain fairness.
Dr Chua said the Prime Minister had introduced the 1Malaysia concept because it reflected the fact that the rights of all communities, such as access to education and freedom of religion, were protected by the Federal Constitution.
He said it was because of religious and cultural intolerance that terrorism flourished in some parts of the world.
“Learn to accept the concepts of 1Malaysia to ensure fairness and harmony for everyone,” he said, at the 29th anniversary gathering of the Choon San Temple here last night. Later, he gave RM10,000 to the temple.
Dr Chua said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak’s announcement that JPA scholarship was for all students who scored 9A+ in the SPM was a clear example of 1Malaysia at work.
He also warned Malaysians to be wary of those who use religion merely to gain political mileage and support.
“For example, PAS has admitted that it wants to impose Syariah laws if it forms the Government. Can you live in a multi-cultural country with Syariah laws?” he said.
THE STAR (Thursday August 5, 2010)