Opening the AGM of the MCA, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said that the Chinese were loyal citizens of Malaysia and should not be referred to as immigrants.
He added, “Yes, three, four or five generations ago they were immigrants, but not now.”
He asked the Chinese, Indian and Malay population to work together with other communities to build a fair society.
He further added that Malaysia had grown as a multi-cultural country because of the willingness of all races to cooperate with each other in a spirit of give and take.
Najib said that the development of the economy and distribution of wealth should be done fairly.
Asking whether the MCA would agree with him he said, “If the majority in the country has a very small percentage of the wealth that is not equitable.”
Aiming for a growth rate of 6% during the next ten years, Najib said that people should look at things from a Malaysian context.
Urging all communities to work together to implement policies contained in 1Malaysia, Government Transformation Programme, the Economic Transformation Programme and the 10th Malaysia Plan, he said, “We must be realistic, not emotional or racist.”
Najib reminded the people that the aim of the 1Malaysia concept was to build a fair society. This could not be done by former prime minister, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad even after 22 years.