- Newly-appointed Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi touched on the importance of respecting the different races
Newly-appointed Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi touched on the importance of respecting the different races, religions and cultures if harmony is to be achieved.
Speaking at an Aidilfitri open house at the Desa Tasik police residence here, Ahmad Zahid said if harmony among Malaysia’s diverse races and religions could be achieved, it would ensure safety in the community.
“The diversity has to be safeguarded. Don’t protect criminals based on race.
“We have to protect other races, religions and cultures,” he said, seemingly taking the 1Malaysia stance espoused by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak, which focuses on racial unity.
Ahmad Zahid, who is an Umno vice-president, began his tenure as the nation’s No. 2 today.
He also touched on technology and how the abuse of it could disrupt harmony.
“Of course, in the current situation of fear, with criticisms and other issues, the community will be confused with all the information in cyberspace.
“It allows us to obtain information immediately. Anything that happens we see in real time. But because technology is changing, its misuse can spoil the harmony.”
While Zahid did not refer to any incidents in particular, a phone theft at Low Yat Plaza recently took a racial tone, especially after news about it spread on social media.
Present at the open house gathering was Kuala Lumpur police chief Datuk Tajuddin Md Isa, whom Ahmad Zahid commended for the work done in combating illegal gambling houses.
Ahmad Zahid, who is also the Home Minister, said he hoped to completely eradicate these outlets and also called on the rakyat to help police.
“No single race, religion or rational individual will condone illegal gambling rings.
“I want to say, this is not only a warning, but any police officer or individual who protects illegal gambling houses will not escape.”