Daily Archives: August 3, 2019

Malaysians Now More Mature in Assessing Threats to Unity – PM

MELAKA, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad believes that Malaysians are now more mature in assessing the situation and deciding for themselves when facing threats that can disrupt unity.

The prime minister said such capability was also in line with the country reaching its maturity, and that it would serve as an impetus for the government to develop Malaysia so that the prosperity achieved could be shared by all.

Malaysia has reached 62 years without the colonial grasp. Although there are times when voices of dissent seek to disrupt the peace of the people by raising racial issues, Malaysians as a whole reject such narrow beliefs and hold to the principle of tolerance and respect.

Understanding has been cultivated since independence which enabled us to achieve national agendas aimed at prospering and advancing the people and the nation.

I hope this rally will further fuel our spirit to jointly redouble our efforts to make Malaysia a highly respected country, he said when launching the national-level National Month and Fly the Jalur Gemilang (national flag) at the Dataran Pahlawan here tonight.

Also present were Minister of Communications and Multimedia Gobind Singh Deo, who is also 2019 National Month Celebration Main Committee chairman, Melaka Chief Minister Adly Zahari, Cabinet ministers and state executive councillors.

Speaking to about 10,000 attendees, Dr Mahathir said various initiatives had been put in place by the Pakatan Harapan (PH) government in pursuit of the shared prosperity as announced in conjunction with the New Malaysia’s first anniversary.

He said they include measures to restore the integrity and improve governance of public services, government-linked companies (GLCs) for the benefit of the country’s economy, as well as the Felda transformation programme, Lembaga Tabung Haji recovery plan, the launch of the National Entrepreneurship Policy 2030 and the regional development programme.

The prime minister said in efforts to realise the initiatives, the people should give their full support and confidence to the new government to carry out the tasks entrusted to them.

The people must rise together with the determination to help the government achieve this shared prosperity goal.

The philosophy and framework for building a nation that is based on a unified society must be used as the basis of our consistent struggles, he said.

In this regard, Dr Mahathir said issues of understanding and racial integration would continue to be the key agenda of the government.

Practising good values in life and avoiding bad practices should also continue to be applied by the society in this country, he said.

Dr Mahathir also called on all Malaysians to make this effort possible and to appreciate the theme of this year’s National Day celebration, ‘Sayangi Malaysiaku: Malaysia Bersih’.

The prime minister said the people should also be grateful for the peaceful and prosperous life they currently enjoy, while at the same time realising that today’s success was the result of the sacrifices of the previous generations.

The history of the country for the past decades, said the 94-year-old leader, should serve as the guide in shaping and determining the direction of the country.

Every citizen needs to have a sense of responsibility because the image of the nation’s excellence depends on our ability to meet the challenges and obstacles in achieving success. We need to focus on the next level of excellence by addressing all the shortcomings and weaknesses so that it will serve as a guide for the future generation.

All of this can be carried out when we have the self-awareness pertaining to the country’s journey through the decades, he said.

Dr Mahathir also emphasised that during the National Day celebration every year, it re-enlightened the people on the importance of patriotism and love for the nation, which were among the key features of building a nation of multi-ethnic, multi-religious and multi-cultural society so that the people can continue to live in harmony and peace.

The Jalur Gemilang, the prime minister said, symbolises loyalty, unity and patriotism, so it is important that the spirit and values of nationalism and patriotism be instilled in all Malaysians.

Source: Office of the Prime Minster Malaysia

Khat in BM Curriculum Can Go Ahead – PM

MELAKA, The introduction of khat (a form of Malay-Arabic calligraphy) as part of the Bahasa Melayu subject for Year Four students next year can go ahead, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said today.

Referring to protests by certain quarters over the matter, the prime minister said those objecting voices were from only a small segment of society.

He said the government was steadfast in its policy of shared prosperity and had never stopped the use of other languages’ writings.

We have never objected to other writings (including) in Chinese as this is something special in our country.

Chinese language writings are not allowed in other countries such as Indonesia, for instance, (and in) the Philippines and Thailand, they use their own (language) writings, he said when answering a question on the khat objections posed by a participant of the Semarak Merdeka Town Hall session with the Prime Minister here.

His reply was met with thunderous claps by the hundreds who attended the session held in conjunction with the prime minister’s visit to Melaka to launch the National Month and Fly the Jalur Gemilang campaign at Dataran Pahlawan, Bandar Hilir here tonight.

The media reported that several DAP leaders and state assemblymen had urged Cabinet ministers from the party to object to the plan to introduce khat in the Year Four Bahasa Melayu curriculum next year.

However, the Education Ministry, in a statement yesterday, said the plan will go ahead as scheduled.

Dr Mahathir said khat was a high-level form of art, adding that during his recent visit to Turkey, he observed that the people there were skilful in the writing despite also using the Romanised script.

Source: Office of the Prime Minster Malaysia

Be Proud of Our Eastern Values – Dr Mahathir

MELAKA, Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad has advised young people in the country to be proud of their Eastern values and way of life and not to be influenced by the Western culture.

Speaking at the ‘Semarak Merdeka’ townhall session to about 500 college students here today, the 94-year-old leader acknowledged that there was this phenomenon of colonisation of minds among young people who were influenced by the culture from the West.

He said Western values have now strayed far from those they once held.

They create new values of life, which are sometimes totally inappropriate.

There are some of us who are trapped in this view and if we emulate the Western values, we will once again be ‘colonised’ by the West, he said.

Citing the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) lifestyle as an example, the prime minister said it was one of the manifestations of freedom in the West.

Men are married to men, women to women; how can they have children?

If they do that, I think within 100 years, their race/nation will disappear because they will have no children, he said and was greeted with laughter from the audience.

Dr Mahathir also shared the importance of politics, which some people including youths considered as dirty.

He said that without political power, Malaysia would not have achieved independence from British occupation.

Dr Mahathir also urged the young people to emulate the attitude of the hardworking and knowledgeable Turkish people, in order to elevate the country into a developed Islamic state.

He said the Turkish people were highly skilled and capable of building fighter jets and drones while its companies were carrying out development projects in neighbouring countries.

If you look at development in Turkey, it is better than Malaysia, and that development is the result of the Turkish people themselves.

The younger generation should go to Turkey, learn the Turkish language and work there for 10 years and when they return here, I think there will be changes in Malaysia, said Dr Mahathir, who went on a working visit to Turkey late last month.

Source: Office of the Prime Minster Malaysia