The IMalaysia concept which was promoted by the Prime Minister of Malaysia,Najib Razak, is basically the continuation of the many attempts by all former leaders of Malaysia to bring the people of this country together, not only to live in peace but to strive towards a common goal.
The common goal is of course to live in harmony regardless of whatever their race or denomination is.
The major races of Malaysia are Malays, chinese and Indians. There are also countless numbers of other ethnics who were already living on the land long before the arrival of the chinese and Indians.
It is becuase of this rich tapestry of its people that made this land both beautiful and interesting. Bringing these groups together and urging them towards a common goal is not easy.
Thus, the concept of 1Malaysia whereby all races must regard themselves as an important component of this dream and should treat his or her fellow countryman as equal. Everything on this land is shared.
However, there are feelings that the positions of the Malays who lived and ruled this land long before the other races will eventually be eroded. Even the enlightened section of the Malays who are well-educated and well-travelled felt squemish about the concept.
On the other hand the concept does not mean anything to the non-Malays because of the government’s insistence on maintaining the special position of the Malays.
Thus, it is against this uncertain and sometimes fickle background that the Prime Minister promoted the concept. Be that as it may, the majority of our man on the streets agree that this is something special that they all must adhere to.
Maybe it is still too early to tell but there are clear signs indicating that 1Malaysia is just too good to be ignored.