Saturday, March 16, 2013


At the heart of the 1Malaysia concept is a quiet simplicity: a belief in the importance of national unity irrespective of race or religious belief. Malaysia’s diversity is what makes us unique, but in order to fully benefit from what is undoubtedly a source of strength we need to come together and build upon our common values. That is the central goal of 1Malaysia, but it is much more than just an abstract ideology, delivering real improvements on the ground.

More than 1.5 million people have so far passed through the 1Malaysia health clinics, for example, receiving treatment for any condition for just one ringgit – an achievement of which I’m very proud. Other rakyat-focused programmes include the 1Malaysia Housing Programme and PR1MA to help middle-income families buy their own homes, as well as the Kedai Rakyat 1Malaysia low-cost grocery stores.

Change doesn’t happen overnight and there is still a lot more we need to do, but whatever the challenges ahead I have no doubt that embracing our diversity and leveraging our collective strength remains our best hope for the future.

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