Yesterday we celebrated Wesak Day with a nationwide holiday. This is one of the most wonderful characteristics of Malaysia. We commemorate together the religious traditions of all our people, not just the majority.
Our Unity basis has been established from the very beginning. In 1957 we vowed out cooperation in the Constitution; in 1963 we grew even stronger as Sabah, Sarawak and Peninsular combined as one. Since then we have built our country on Rukun Negara, Vision 2020, and now, we have 1 Malaysia.
Every government brings new spirit to how it promotes Unity. Yey. Many of us reject these efforts based on our auto-response of taking sides, rather than real understanding. Inste4ad of considering the merits of 1 Malaysia or CAT (Competency, Accountability and Transparency) governance, some judge it based on whether they like PM Najib and CM Lim Guan Eng.
Unfortunately, many talk about ‘Unity’ but instead of accepting 1Malaysia as a good Unity endeavor, they poke fun at it and use it as ransom to get their own agenda across.
When we fail to throw our support behind Unity ideals, we water down the cause of inclusivity. When we do not support 1Malaysia, inadvertently, we provide fuel for those who wish to be exclusice; we give power to 1Melayu, 1Chinese, 1Indian. Slowly but surely, they will gain more ground and take bolder actions.
When we take 1Malaysia lightly, what are we really rejecting?
The ideals of 1Malaysia are for a nation developed on the foundations of unity, with core values of acceptance, fairness, humility and respect for all. It endorses high performance, punctuality, knowledge, loyalty and innovation as principles we all need to practice together.
There is no such thins as taking sides when it comes to Unity ideals. All calls for Unity are non-partisan. It does not matter whether it comes from the government, the opposition, non-governmental organizations or individuals; Unity ideals must be supported. All parties, organizations and individuals should take a pledge to stand by the ideals of 1Malaysia.
Let us show that we are serious about Unity. Let us show those who champion exclusiveness that the support of Unity will not be easily divided, that we will not allow any ground of exclusiveness or elitism or disunity, regardless of our political affiliation.
Let us be first and foremost Malaysians.
At zubedy, our programs and actions draw strength from shared values and traditions. We believe that at hears, all Malaysians want good things fro themselves and for their brother and sister Malaysians, simply because our nation cannot prosper as whole if some of us are left behind.
Let us add Value,
Have a meaningful Wesak Day
To know more about 1Malaysia ideals before making your decision, go to http://www.1malaysia.com.my/wp-content/uploads/2010/09/1MalaysiaBooklet.pdf