Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – We only have to switch on the 8 o’clock news to see that many nations world wide struggle to unify their population, often with unrest or even war as a result. One nation is trying a totally different angle to unify their ethnic groups, using dance, music, sports to bring that feeling of oneness to each and every individual, the concept is called 1Malaysia.
Malaysiamulti cultural nation not far from the equator in south east Asia, a diverse nation with a rich history. The country is divided over three main land masses, The Malaysian Peninsular, Sabah and Sarawak, diverse in ethnics and cultures. Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak has made it his mission to unify the nation as a whole; in an effort to continue the work his predecessors had started, his cabinet conceptionalized the 1Malaysia formula.
People from all over the world have flocked to Malaysia, now leaving 5 main ethnic groups, the Malays, the Chinese, the Indians, the Ibans and the Kadazans. How do all these ethnic majorities and minorities work and live together on a relatively small land area?
One Malaysia is a great concept. Only in 2009 the 1Malaysia concept (satu Malaysia) was introduced to the population, a concept to bring all the 26 million Malaysians together in one national feeling of pride and unity. This week in a press conference Deputy prime minister Tan Sri MuhyiddinYassin said that the slogan needs to be explain over and over again to avoid misunderstanding and misinterpretation. Concepts come to effect in the details and the implementation not just on the surface. We can not expect that after one year everyone understands it in depth meaning.
The concept 1Malaysia is based on the content and spirit of the Federal constitution, and the Malaysian government is conducting and implementing various programs to promote it nation wide. Deputy prime minister Tan Sri MuhyiddinYassin also said that it is understandable that the various races were in interpreting the concept differently and the government will make sure that Malaysia will under the total holistic meaning of the concept.
Youth in Malaysia is also helping to bring 1malaysia to the masses. Emphasis lays on the youth, and soon there will be a Youth Development Transformation Laboratory set up to coordinating programmers to help ministries to implement 1Malaysia more fluently. The laboratory will be focused on the Gen-Y group involving 9.4 million Malaysians from age group 10 to 28. Youths and Sports Minister Datuk Seri Shabery Cheek said most of the existing programs were developed by the baby boomers (age 45-64) however youth today have their own ideas and visions, and we are working with them to install these inputs.
Many artist and performers are using the concept and their music or dance to promote the 1Malaysia feeling to the nation. Even during the Formula 1, an event where Malaysia is extremely proud of, the concept is promoted in various ways. Malaysia is doing a great job to strive to national solidarity and unity, only one year old, but the concept of 1Malaysia seems to catch on with the majority of the nation.