SERDANG: School curriculum must assert three important values that include moderation to ensure the prosperity of the nation's multi-racial and multi-religious society, says Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.
The Prime Minister said moderation must be emphasised in both the national and vernacular curricula for it to be imparted to schoolchildren.
"If we want to ensure our multi-racial and multi-religious society will not only survive but also prosper, we must emphasise on moderation. It means we choose a middle road, which is not too extreme and not too liberal.
"If we believe in a middle road, our country will always be peaceful and harmonious," he said in his speech at a fundraising dinner at Wisma Huazong here Friday.
Apart from moderation, Najib said it was also important to emphasise on respect.
"We must believe in the principle of mutual respect. We cannot deny other people or condemn them, look down or humiliate others. If we show mutual respect, others will respect us too," he said, adding that the third value, was patriotism.
"It means love for your country. It does not mean you must be a soldier but love for your country means you must be devoted and committed to this land called Malaysia.
"This land belongs to all of us. We must show a love for Malaysia in many different ways. As long as you love Malaysia and show it with a lot of commitment, certainly Malaysia will be a strong nation despite its multi-ethnicity, multi-religion. Our diversity will be a source of strength not a source of problem for our country," he added.
On the recognition of the Unified Examination Certification (UEC), Najib said he had instructed his ministers from MCA and other Chinese-based parties to play their roles to convince the Higher Education and Education Ministries to recognise the certification.
"I was told that the discussions are going on well. We hope in the near future a decision can be made based on the spirit of Barisan Nasional," he added.
The fundraising dinner was aimed at raising RM10mil, which it managed, for the second phase construction of Sekolah Menengah Chong Hwa Kuantan in the Prime Minister's home state Pahang.
Najib also announced a donation of RM2mil for Sekolah Menengah Chong Hwa Kuantan.
Earlier, MCA president Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai, who was also present, said that the school had successfully completed its first phase of construction.
He also thanked the Prime Minister for his support towards Chinese education.
"Your presence here is a clear testament of your strong commitment towards our Malaysian education system," Liow said.
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