Madani Harmony Initiative: A Long-Overdue Initiative

By Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye, Member of the National Unity Advisory Council


KOTA KINABALU: The Madani Harmony Initiative introduced by the government is positive and long overdue.

But it is better late than never.

What we need in our beloved country today is peace, harmony, and unity. Without these factors, there cannot be economic and social progress.

It is to be noted that previous governments had also introduced plans and initiatives to foster unity among the races, but the campaigns have often been short-lived or not consistently followed through.

We therefore hope this Madani initiative will be sustained. It must be consistently pursued to promote mutual understanding and mutual respect for the nation’s diversity.

Unity in diversity must not be a passing slogan; it must be an everyday reality in all aspects of our lives.

There must be sustained activities on the ground and constant contact with the electorate.

We must always respect our differences and not make insensitive remarks about any particular issue, race, or religion.

Harmony and unity must never be taken for granted. We must be constantly mindful of each other’s views and practices.

We must be ethnic bridgebuilders, not ethnic heroes.

Ethnic heroes are only interested in themselves, not in their communities or their nation.

Such people must be rejected, and their views and actions must be avoided at all costs.

We must do everything possible to promote diversity. This way, we draw on the richness of each community for the overall benefit of our nation.

In short, understanding, respect, and compassion are crucial in a multi-racial, multi-religious country because they foster harmony, unity, and a sense of belonging among its diverse population.

They help to bridge cultural and religious differences, promote empathy, and create a more inclusive society where everyone feels valued and respected.

Additionally, they contribute to social stability, economic growth, and overall well-being by reducing conflicts and fostering cooperation among different communities.

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