KUALA LUMPUR: People must unite and reject any form of extremism that can destroy the solidarity achieved in the country, says Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.
Malaysia was fortunate that it continued to be peaceful and harmonious, said the Prime Minister.
“At the same time, for the sake of unity, stability and public interest, the people must be united in rejecting any form of extremism that can destroy the solidarity that has been achieved,” he said in his congratulatory speech to the Yang di-Pertuan Agong in conjunction with His Majesty’s official birthday and investiture ceremony at Istana Negara here yesterday.
“Government efforts will continue to place priority on inclusive developmental approach – whether in the urban or rural areas – based on the principles of growth with equity so that all communities will benefit from the economic development or national wealth,” he added.
The Government, said Najib, would continue to be committed in carrying out its responsibilities as a trustworthy and accountable government.
“Our success during the past few decades did not come on a silver platter,” he said. “It also did not come in the blink of an eye. If it is not properly looked after, it will disappear in a flash.
“That is why Your Majesty’s Government will never allow the nation that has been built through sweat and tears to be destroyed by irresponsible groups,” he added.
As Malaysia moved closer to its 57th anniversary of independence, Najib said the country had to face many challenges in terms of demography, perception of the borderless world or even the various incidents that affected national harmony.
Najib also touched on the annual report of the Government Transformation Plan 2.0 which had achieved 104% success out of an overall national target in 2013, and the RM216.5bil in foreign direct investment achieved by the country last year.
He said for Visit Malaysia Year 2014, there had been a 10% increase in the number of tourists as at March this year, rising from 6.4 million last year to 7.1 million.
The Government, added Najib, was also taking measures to intensify briefing sessions on the Goods and Services Tax. — Bernama