PASIR PUTEH, May 13 — Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said the diversity of religion, culture and race in Malaysia should be celebrated since it has become a catalyst for unity in this country.
The deputy prime minister said the diversity was able to create a good political environment to build peace and prosperity, despite the disagreements which often occur within the community.
“Although we have different opinions, we can still live in harmony and this situation has to be translated into other forms,” he said when launching the ‘Expresi Negaraku’ programme at SMK Sungai Petai here , today.
Also present together with more than 10,000 people were Minister of International Trade and Industry Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamad and Deputy Minister of Communications and Multimedia Datuk Jailani Johari,
Ahmad Zahid said the togetherness that has been forged over the years has made Malaysians to be united against various external elements who are trying to destroy the country.
A good example was the success achieved following the intrusion of Lahad Datu, Sabah by terrorists from a neighbouring country, all because of the spirit of unity within the community.
The home minister said the security forces, especially the Royal Malaysian Police (PDRM) is constantly monitoring and taking action against those who try to conduct terrorist activities in this country .
On another note, Ahmad Zahid said threats posed by drugs should be taken seriously by the community in an effort to build a bright future for the young generation.
As such, the rehabilitation process involving the use of religion by the National Anti-Drug Agency (AADK), was an additional approach to the existing drug rehabilitation programmes. — Bernama