Salute to the new Malaysia!

I WISH to salute Persatuan Patriot Kebangsaan President Brig General (Rtd) Datuk Mohamad Arshad Raji for his noble and valiant stand for the concepts of New Malaysia and Malaysians First.

He severely criticised the Perkasa rejection of the appointment of a non-Malay Finance Minister-designate Lim Guan Eng as "race-based politicking".

He also bravely expressed the majority public view that the New Malaysia after GE14 will not allow these "tools to sow distrust and hatred and the stereotyping", as was done in the past and not checked either.

The illustrious BG Mohamad Arshad has proudly raised our beloved Jalur Gemilang (National Flag) high for a New Malaysia that calls for mutual respect for all races, religions and customs. We should all rally round his war cry to stamp out these destructive and damaging Perkasa type of thinking that has eroded our national unity and created polarisation in the past.

From now on let's give our full support to our new Government under our dynamic Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir and his new Cabinet, to promote and defend the best ideals and values of our New Malaysia, that hopefully will be freed from race-based and bigoted religious thinking and action in the immediate future.

Tan Sri Ramon Navaratnam
Chairman
Asli Centre for Public Policy Studies