JOHOR BARU: Malaysians should adopt a moderate and balanced lifestyle in all fields and reject radical and extremist attitudes, said Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi.
The moderate lifestyle would bring about co-operation and solidarity among Malaysians of various races and religious beliefs, he said.
“The moderate lifestyle will reject negative attitudes among the various races such as prejudice, animosity and extremism,” he said at a dinner with the people at the residence of Johor Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Abdul Ghani Othman, here last night.
About 10,000 members of Barisan Nasional component parties attended the dinner.
Abdullah said the moderate lifestyle would also prevent us from becoming extremists and from being too conservative or modern.
“This is the best way of living for a multiracial country like Malaysia because moderation and a balanced lifestyle will turn us into a tolerant society.
“This will prevent Malaysians from developing any prejudice and animosity among us,” he said.
Abdullah said while the Government would always give priority to the economy, peace, and security, emphasis would also be given to a comfortable lifestyle as well as instilling moderate and balanced values.
Political leaders particularly from the BN had a role to play in promoting such a lifestyle, he said.
Abdullah also said that the moderate lifestyle also included culture and arts where Malaysians were urged to be moderate in accepting the type of music and dances that they liked.
He said the state Government's move in preserving the moderate zapin culture in terms of music and dance should be encouraged as it helped in promoting a moderate attitude among the people. – Bernama