KUCHING Sept.16: Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad urged the people not to be threatened by the demands of certain groups of people but instead understand the agreement in the formation of Malaysia in 1963.
Dr. Mahathir said, let us not make the demands and differences in opinions as a threat but appreciate what have been achieved over five decades.
“All of us could find the best way. Even though there were differences in opinions, the result was the formation of Malaysia with Sabah, Sarawak, and the Peninsular on September 16, 1963.
“We have formed Malaysia – a big family with multi-ethnic groups, cultures and religious backgrounds which is truly Asia,” the Prime Minister said in his speech in conjunction with the celebration of 56th Malaysia Day at the Perpaduan Stadium, Petra Jaya here this evening.
Dr.Mahathir said the people should realise that unity had been achieved in diversity. If they remember the difficulties they have gone through, they will not take things lightly but stand up to defend the unity if it is being threatened.
“Responsible citizens that claim themselves as Malaysians should defend unity. With unity, the government will be stable and could implement policies and programmes for the prosperity of the people,” he added.
The Prime Minister also said that disunity cannot be solved in one generation as it often affects the emotion that involves the race, religion, states, and ethnic groups. The people are easily trapped with such issues as it is near to everybody’s heart.
“Wise people will not be easily influenced as more than five decades Sarawak and Sabah had been in Malaysia. Most of the people had pushed the negative elements but instead defend unity,” Dr. Mahathir reiterated.
Meanwhile, Dr. Mahathir highlighted that the Pakatan Harapan (PH) government is still trying to resolve several issues that involve Sabah and Sarawak and as such a special committee -MA 1963 has been formed.
The special committee consists of 23 members including cabinet ministers and Chief Minister of Sabah and Sarawak.
He also said that Sipadan and Ligitan Island had been given to Sabah following the International Court’s verdict that these two islands belong to Malaysia. Before that other country had also claimed that these islands belong to them.
“In this regard, the government is very serious in its effort and had fulfilled the Malaysia Agreement 1963,” he added.-Malaysia World News