Sunday, October 29, 2006

"Be more tolerant to boost multi-racial ties"

PM: Be more tolerant to boost multi-racial ties

Prime Minister Pak Lah has called on Malaysians to learn to be more tolerant so that race and religion will no longer be sensitive issues in the future. Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi said the country’s economic success was due to the people's hard work and the tolerance among them. However, he added, the issues of religion and race were still sensitive matters despite Malaysia having attained independence almost 50 years ago.

“I hope the people will train themselves to become more tolerant so that these issues will no longer be sensitive in years to come,” he said in his speech at the national Hari Raya Aidilfitri Open House here last night.

Abdullah said the country’s development was aimed at helping all Malaysians. “If there are policies which appear to favour certain groups, these have only been decided upon after considering all factors, including the 'balance' that has to be achieve,” he said.