Kuala Lumpur: Malaysian Prime Minister
Najib Razak on Thursday said it is important to maintain the
multi-ethnicity of the country as racial conflicts could prove
to be destructive to the nation`s achievements.
"We don`t live in utopia. We cannot run from the
reality of today`s world. Ours is a country that holds fast to
the constitution and the rule of law," Razak told the
gathering of the ruling United Malays National Organisation
Asserting that the government had an affirmative
policy towards the majority Malays, Razak asked them to be
wary of "those dream merchants who are spinning myths,
untruths and propagating racial hatred and trading on
The prime minister, who is also the president of the
party, said in his address at the UMNO`s 61st general assembly
that Malaysians need to remind themselves that the country`s
success was made possible through the contribution of ideas
and sacrifices by various races.
"The fact is, it is not due to the exclusive
contribution of one race, but it is the fruits of collective
labour of all races," he said.
Ethnic Indians, mostly Hindus, form eight per cent of
the country`s population while the Malays form 60 per cent of
the population and ethnic Chinese constitute for 25 per cent,
comprising of mostly Buddhists and Christians.