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Maintain focus on national unity
BY: CHRISTOPHER FERNANDEZ
In the run up to the 15th general election, racial unity suffered a major setback. Religious bigots also went to work. This caused the race and religion card to be played once more and now it is vital and necessary for the unity government to focus on national unity.
Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim (DSAI) is hugely aware of this and therefore he has gone to the ground to close ranks and divisions among Malaysians to solidify them into a unified whole that the nation can move on and progress.
This is not an easy task in a multi-racial and multi-religious society. In a plural society it is all the more important to take the initiative and put in effort to ensure that race and religious matters are amicably resolved quickly as they flare up.
But there is good news. In actual fact the unity among Malaysians, while not exemplary, is fairly good. This is the foundation for DSAI to build upon if he is keen to further and deepen the strength of inter racial and interfaith relationships.
But to do this he has to police with great vigilance politicians who play the race and religion card. While the rakyat are passive and docile on this and understand and forge unity among themselves it is politicians of all stripes that go overboard with racism.
Once the watch on politicians is ensured it will be possible for people to enjoy camaraderie as in the past and to place a premium on peace and harmony and Malaysia can be a showcase to the world of excellent race relations.
-THE MALAYSIA VOICE
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