PUTRAJAYA, 1 April 2009: The implementation of various programmes in accordance with the “One Malaysia” concept can unite the people of various communities in the country in a more just manner, Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak said today.
He said the concept would be implemented in an organised and systematic manner to ensure that no community was isolated from development of any kind.
Najib said the concept was shored up by two main principles, which were mutual respect for one another and trust in one another.
“When we have respect for one another, it means we have the open attitude of appreciating the concept of unity in diversity.
“The trust for one another will not come about all of a sudden. It has to be developed in an organised and determined way,” he said.
Najib, when asked about the Indian community which was said to be marginalised, said increased financial allocations and aid from the government were among the measures taken to ensure fairer distribution of resources.
“Specific policies and an increase of allocations to the Indian community, such as aid to standard type Tamil primary schools as given today are among the government measures adopted to ensure fairer distribution.
“The aid was approved because I want the economic stimulus package to be implemented immediately and not because of the by-elections (on 7 April),” he told reporters after distributing aid from the package here today.
At the function, 374 Tamil schools in nine states received allocations totalling RM80 million for infrastructure facilities and various upgrading works.
Education Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein was also present at the event. — Bernama