Unity must be a daily practice, not just for special events, Says Lee Lam Thye

PETALING JAYA: With National Unity Week observed in Johor recently, social activist Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye reminds the government and the people that unity must be a continuous practice.

The National Unity Advisory Council member believes that unity should extend beyond cultural events or communal meals.

"Unity is not just about moments of togetherness; it must go deep beyond the festivities.

"It must be embedded in the policies and actions of the government to ensure there is no discrimination in the country," he said when contacted by The Star.

Earlier, on May 25, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim officiated the National Unity Week event in Johor Baru.

The four-day event featured exhibition booths showcasing Malaysia’s diverse culture and a record-breaking Johor dish "kacang pool" feast attended by 2,400 Malaysians.

Lee emphasised that unity should not be confined to a single week but must be practiced daily.

"Unity is reflected in one’s attitude - how one talks, acts, and thinks. It's something that should be done every day. Mutual respect is essential for harmony in the country. Where there is no respect, problems begin," he said.

He also highlighted that the government's actions must promote unity.

"Although the Yang di-Pertuan Agong has advised against touching on 3R (royalty, religion, and race) issues, some still do so.

"Some politicians use race and religion in their speeches to gain popularity, and this must stop," he said.

Lee added that government policies should be fair and just for everyone to foster true unity in Malaysia.

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