Important to maintain multi-ethnicity of Malaysia, says Razak
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Last Updated: Thursday, October 21, 2010, 17:59
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 (UMNO).

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 slander."

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.


First Published: Thursday, October 21, 2010, 17:59

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