KUALA LUMPUR: More unity programmes must be organised for the young to promote multiracial integration, said Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.
“The programmes are needed for young people to stay united and for the country to continue progressing,'' he said.
Najib noted that racial integration had eroded among the young, and the intermingling of races was noticeably reduced in schools and institutions of higher learning as students were inclined to congregate in groups of the same race.
He said Malaysia was successful because of racial unity, as peace and stability had enabled the country to achieve economic prosperity and ensure social justice and equitable distribution of wealth.
“It is also successful because of the meticulous planning and exhaustive execution of pragmatic policies and viable programmes by its forefathers.
“We have held on to the concept of unity in diversity and this is what has made us resilient. This is the basis of harmony, peace and stability and has made us a unique nation.
“This is the criterion needed for future leaders to ensure the continuity of the nation's achievements.
“If we succeed in inculcating positive values in this generation, if we are able to maintain the spirit of patriotism and unity, I am certain that Malaysia will be in good hands as it moves into the future,” he said at the opening of the 12th Tun Razak Youth Leadership Awards programme at the Malaysian Institute of Management here yesterday.
He said young Malaysians must be aware of their obligations to their families, society and nation, and must be imbued with strong moral and ethical values.
“A society devoid of such values will disintegrate,'' he added.
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