1Malaysia is not ‘Malaysian Malaysia’

(The Star) – The “1Malaysia” concept is not the same as the “Malaysian Malaysia” slogan espoused by the DAP, Information, Communication and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Dr Rais Yatim said.

Historically and politically, he said the “Malaysian Malaysia” concept originated from former Singapore Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew and over the years, the DAP and other political parties that were socialistic in their approach began to adopt the concept.

“According to the (“Malaysian Malaysia”) concept, everyone is equal and things have to be done according to the fraternity and brotherhood system, which at that time, was already not in consonant with the Federation of Malaya’s Reid report,” he said.

(The Reid Commission was an independent commission responsible for drafting the Constitution of the Federation of Malaya.)

“The tenets of constitutional provisions were not given the proper bearing and it is not something that we can simply put forward for the people to accept and understand because Malaya then and Malaysia now is continuously governed by the Constitution under which various elements of rights are given,” he said at the 1Malaysia Seminar yesterday.