Renew resolve, hope and confidence to build a New Malaysia in 2020

(Filepic) DAP veteran Lim Kit Siang said it was a sign of failure of the “spring of hope” in Malaysia. -NSTP/MUHD ZAABA ZAKERIA.

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysians were urged to persevere in working towards the “spring of hope”, renewing their resolve, hope and confidence to build a New Malaysia in 2020 despite setbacks and vicissitudes.

DAP veteran Lim Kit Siang said it was a sign of failure of the “spring of hope” in Malaysia, in that after 19 months of the Pakatan Harapan government – the first time that Malaysia gave the world hope that a peaceful and democratic transition of power can bring about reform and change at a time when democracy was in retreat in the world for over a decade – seemed to have dissolved in such an ignominious fashion in very discordant and divisive dispute over the Jawi issue.

The Seri Iskandar MP said since the historic outcome of May 9 in 2018, lies, fake news and hate speech by irresponsible and extremist elements resorting to politics of race, religion as well as aided by the Internet and the social media platforms had conspired to create a false situation where every ethnic group and religion felt that it was facing an existential threat.

“As a result, the Vision 2020 of a fully developed Malaysia which is a united nation, with a confident Malaysian society, infused by strong moral and ethical values, living in a society that is democratic, liberal and tolerant, caring, economically just and equitable, progressive and prosperous, and in full possession of an economy that is competitive, dynamic, robust and resilient” is not within reach on the horizon.

“We seem to have lost confidence in ourselves as a plural society, where our diversity should be our asset, fearful and suspicious of each other and unable to leverage on the best values and qualities of the Islamic, Chinese, Indian and Western civilisations which meet in confluence in Malaysia to build a great Malaysian nation.

“The Malays feel threatened, the Chinese feel threatened, the Indians feel threatened, Islam is under threat and the non-Islamic religions are under threat,” he said in a statement in conjunction with 2020 New Year.

Lim said every community was made to believe that its ethnicity, culture and religion was facing an existential threat.

“But who is creating all these threats to all ethnic and religious groups in the country? We must not mortgage our future and that of our children and children’s children to the extremists from whatever quarter.

“We must promote the moderate Malaysian centre to build a confident Malaysian society, infused by strong moral and ethical values, living in a society that is democratic, liberal and tolerant, caring, economically just and equitable, progressive and prosperous, and in full possession of an economy that is competitive, dynamic, robust and resilient.”

He also called upon Malaysians to ensure success of Pakatan Harapan government in fulfilling the Buku Harapan promises through resetting nation-building policies for Malaysia by returning to the founding principles of the Malaysian Constitution.

This was done by ensuring unity, justice, freedom, excellence and integrity in Malaysia, where there is separation of powers, the rule of law, public integrity and respect for human rights, he said.

Lim also called upon Malaysians to allow PH to fulfil the five pillar-promises towards the building of a New Malaysia:

- Reduce people’s burden;

- Institutional and political reforms;

- Spur sustainable and equitable economic growth;

- Return Sabah and Sarawak to the status accorded in Malaysia Agreement 1963; and

- Create a Malaysia that is inclusive, moderate and respected globally.

“Malaysia will not achieve Vision 2020 in 2020. But it will be a make-or-break year for the Pakatan Harapan Government in Putrajaya to reset nation-building policies for Malaysia,” he said.

By New Straits Times.

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