Malaysians must have the hunger for success to excel in the global arena said Prime Minister Najib Razak.
Malaysians can learn about striving for success from the people of China, where the level of competition was very high due as 1.3 billion people work to stay on top of their game.
Najib, during his speech at the closing ceremony of Konvensyen Nasional Penyatuan Bangsa in UiTM, Shah Alam earlier today, said the National Transformation 2050 (TN50) was formulated with a vision to produce more Malaysians who can compete in the global market.
“When we formed the TN50, we formulated the vision with an aim to produce more global players among Malaysians,” NST Online reported as he saying.
“From my visit to China (last week), I saw that the population was so big that its citizens can’t afford to not having a strong will for economic survival as they have to compete among the country’s 1.3 billion population.
“The same should also go here, if we want to be successful, we must be hungry for success,” he said.
In his speech, Najib said the TN50 was the country’s way forward that goes from bottom up. He said the grassroot-centric vision will take into account the interest of all races with the Bumiputera at its heart.
Touching on improving the lives of Malaysians, Najib said a study by Khazanah Nasional had shown that the factor of social mobility through education has played the largest part in uplifting the rakyat’s livelihood especially those from Bottom 40 per cent (B40) income group.
“The quality of the people’s life, of all races including Bumiputera, can be enhanced when they have the accessibility to quality education.
“If the parents are from B40 group, it does not mean that their children should also continue to be among the bottom 40 per cent income circle.
“And Malaysia had been successful where a huge percentage of B40 have managed to climb out from the income group in just one generation. This we managed to achieve through good government policy,” he said.
Najib said the country has a social mobility factor that is even better compared to developed countries including the US and UK.
On the event, Najib said in discussing about strengthening and uniting the Malays, the people must look back at where they come from in order to be able to move forward.
He said the country’s civilisation has been translated and incorporated in the constitution.
One of the most important aspects, he said, was that at its core, the base of the nation circles around the Malay and Bumiputera.
“Why did I say that the country stands on the Malay and Bumiputera at its core? Because what we have today is that while the national language is Bahasa Melayu, the rakyat is free to practice and converse in other languages as well.
“The same goes with religion, where Islam is the official religion of the federation, people of other beliefs have the freedom to practice their religions in Malaysia. And the symbol of country is the Yang di-Pertuan Agong, who is chosen among nine Malay Sultans in the Conference of Rulers.
“If we can accept this principle, it is easy for us to carry our country forward,” he said.
Najib said he made the Pemerkasaan Bumiputera as the national agenda in 2013 because the government does not want the Malays and Bumiputera to be left out in the country’s modernisation process.