KUALA LUMPUR, 24 April 2009: KUALA LUMPUR: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak must clarify his 1Malaysia concept as to whether it reaffirms the principle of equality to all, said former de facto law minister Datuk Zaid Ibrahim.
He said if Najib was truly committed to reforms, he must explain and expand the 1Malaysia concept, noting that some Umno leaders had dismissed the Bangsa Malaysia concept while several media reports had highlighted the danger of Malays losing their special rights.
“If he (Najib) cannot even utter that we are all Malaysians, we are all equals, we are all people of this country, then he can forget about reforms,” Zaid told a public forum last night entitled Can Najib Deliver His Reform Promises?
According to Zaid, there seemed to be a lack of political will on the reforms initiated by the newly appointed premier, stressing that the Internal Security Act (ISA) and the Printing Presses and Publications Act could be repealed or reviewed if Najib was interested in immediate changes.
Describing the Umno presidency and the prime minister’s posts as “most powerful in the world”, he pointed out that Najib’s administration must be able to reaffirm the fundamental rights of citizens such as by rectifying the Indira Gandhi case which involved forced conversion of her three children to Islam.
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This article first appeared on Friday, 24 April 2009 in www.theedgemalaysia.com under the same title. Used with permission