This is a speech that would be welcomed by all Malaysians if it was also delivered by the Prime Minister.
Just look at the main points:
“1.A social order that led to cohesion within and among communities and called for horizontal equity whereby all Malaysians in equal circumstances were treated in exactly the same way;
2.Malaysians of all races and religions engaging one another with absolute civility and respect;
3.Malaysians feeling a deep-seated sense of ownership over the problems of the country and being motivated to take decisive action and make whatever sacrifices necessary for the good of the country;
4.Only Malaysians who were capable, hard working, bold and scrupulously honest being allowed to serve in positions of responsibility; and,
5.The public having a high degree of trust in the pillars of state, the executive, judiciary and legislature, as well as the civil service and police.
In short, a decent Malaysian social order would be one that is based on inclusiveness and accommodation as opposed to marginalisation and discrimination.”
It is a unifying speech with none of the usual discriminatory claims for race and religion and in it Raja Nazrin urges all Malaysians to accept our differences as a source of strength for the nation and not a divisive and disruptive element that we observe in many countries.
He urges the public to reject leaders who are seen as corrupt and immoral so that the nation will restore the trust in the main pillars of state; i.e. the executive, the judiciary and legislature and the police and civil service.
There is also a call to treat all Malaysians equitably and what this means is that the poor of all races should be provided the assistance to get out of the poverty trap but they should also be hardworking and not simply depend on government handouts.
Now do you think some of the leaders who do not meet the criteria will stand down for the net GE or do ordinary citizens have to boot them out?
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