Kuala Lumpur: The interests of
minorities in the country will not be sidelined in the
government`s efforts to build a progressive and competitive
Malaysian society, said Najib Razak.
The Prime Minister said all ethnic groups no matter
whether their numbers were big or small, including the Sikhs,
needed to cooperate and become a partner of the government to
ensure their interests continue to be protected.
"This (being a partner) is the best way for the Sikh
community to work with the government towards realising the 1
Malaysia vision. I believe Malaysia will become more
successful and prosperous (by doing this)," he said when
opening the 1 Malaysia Vaisakhi celebration at Dataran Merdeka
(Merdeka Square) here yesterday.
Some 20,000 people, including foreign tourists,
attended the celebration organised by the Malaysian Sikh Youth
Organisation in conjunction with the Sikh new year (Vaisakhi).
Also present were the Prime Minister`s wife Rosmah
Mansor and Minister in the Prime Minister`s Department Dr Koh
Najib said as a result of the close cooperation
between the government and the Sikh community, the government
had also approved three plots of land for the building of
gurdwaras (Sikh temples) in Kuala Lumpur.
The many Punjabi classes conducted in the country had
also helped produce excellent results in the Penilaian
Menengah Rendah (PMR) examination, he said.
"This is an example of a smart-partnership with the
government. We can build a better future for all of us by
working together.I am confident that the Sikh community will
merge together hand in hand with the Malaysian government and
with various ethnic groups so that together we will transform
Malaysia to become a developed nation by 2020," he said.
Najib also paid tribute to the Sikh community for its
sacrifices in defending the sovereignty of the country from
"The values of truthfulness, loyalty and hard work are
hallmarks of the Sikh community. I thank them for their
enormous contribution in the formation of this country. Thank
you for your dedicated service in the armed forces and the
Police," he said.