Thursday, 27 September 2012

PM: Promote racial harmony

KUALA LUMPUR: Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak has repeated his late father's call for the legal community to dedicate themselves to the promotion of racial harmony.

The Prime Minister, quoting excerpts from Tun Abdul Razak's speech at the first Malaysian Law Conference in 1971, said Malaysian society had unfortunately become fragmented and polarised, therefore a “new synthesis” must be sought.

“To replace the communal groupings of the past, we look to other groups to be the new bridge for greater understanding and cooperation,” Najib said in his opening address at the International Malaysia Law Conference 2012 yesterday.

On this note, he urged the legal community which already possesses multi-racial unity and transcends race, religion and political affiliations “to devote your earnest attention and dedicate yourselves to the promotion of racial harmony to achieve national unity”.

Najib reiterated his late father's affirmation of the legal profession and the Malaysian Bar as an important partner in the rule of law and administration of justice.

“When it speaks, we listen. We may not always agree with the views of the Malaysian Bar, but we hear what they say and observe what they do with interest,” he said.

On another matter, Najib said the Government had successfully delivered its promises on law reforms.

Following its promise to the people for a more open and dynamic democracy in Malaysia, it had annulled the three proclamations of Emergency which lead to the expiry of the Emergency Ordinance, he said.

“We promised the rakyat a more human rights-friendly legal environment and we repealed the three controversial laws the Internal Security Act 1971, the Banishment Act 1959 and the Restricted Residence Act 1933,” he said.

For greater freedom of speech and expression, it had amended the Printing Presses and Publication Act 1984, he said.


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