KUALA LUMPUR, 25 May 2009: The Information, Communication and Culture Ministry will go down to the ground to explain the 1Malaysia concept so that it will not be abused by the people, Minister Datuk Seri Dr Rais Yatim said today.
He said the explanation was important to ensure that the people understood the concept introduced by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak as well as to counter allegations and criticisms against it.
“Do not use 1Malaysia as the platform to make excessive or unreasonable demands,” he said, adding that the rights enshrined in the Federal Constitution would remain.
Rais spoke to reporters after delivering a lecture on 1Malaysia to senior officers of the ministry at Angkasapuri, here.
He was asked to comment on the statement by Najib reminding the people not to abuse the 1Malaysia concept by calling on the government to fulfil extreme and unreasonable demands.
Rais said the ministry would go down to the ground, to the coffee shops, restaurants and “kopitiam”, to explain the concept to the people.
Earlier, in his lecture, Rais said the 1Malaysia slogan was one that could be easily understood by all quarters but the level of thinking had to be elevated.
“All have rights under the 1Malaysia concept, and nothing in the Federal Constitution has been removed under it,” he said.
He said 1Malaysia meant that all of the people together remained united and firm in developing the country in all fields so that it continued to achieve glory. — Bernama