PASIR PUTEH: Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said 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 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 Mustapa Mohamad and Deputy Minister of Communications and Multimedia Jailani Johari.
Zahid said the togetherness that had been forged over the years had made Malaysians united against various external elements trying to destroy the country.
A good example was the success achieved following the intrusion in 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 Malaysia Police was constantly monitoring and taking action against those who tried to conduct terrorist activities in this country.
On another note, 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 was an additional approach to the existing drug rehabilitation programmes. -FMT