Kuala Lumpur : A Top United States civil rights leader believes Malaysia can become a leading economy with the implementation of the 1Malaysia concept.
Reverend Jesse Jackson Sr said "Malaysians who profess many cultures, relegions and languanges must become one nation under a common umbrella. The many languanges should bear a common message because to grow, you have to ear down walls and build bridges"
Jackson, who was speaking after delivering his keynote address at the : Bridgs - Dialogues Towards a Cultured of Peace" peace conference here yesterday, said the goverment must make room for woman, immigrants and more than one religion.
"people cannot survive in their own little group as Muslim, Hindus, Buddhists and Christian. Those who live in one nation must find common ground.
" so , the more you go to school, work and live in neighbourood together, you learn to be progressive together. So long as you have walls of separation, it will inhabit growth".
Former Deputy Prime Minister, Tun Musa Hitam, who is also Malaysian chairman of the conference, said the 1Malaysia concept had been the objektive of Malaysian leaders since dependence. He said Malaysians needed to put aside prejudices and perceptions they had against each other.
on another subject,Jackson said he would be leading a mission to Iran to make a humanitarian plea for the release of US-Iranian journalist Roxana Saberi,31, who was sentenced to eight years' jail last week for allegedly spying for the US.
Sumber : NST, 23 April 2009