The Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak has launched the 1Malaysia Government Transformation Programme (GTP) Roadmap with big fanfare. In fact, he spent RM2.7 million just launching this Roadmap, which you can download here (286 pages).
Inside this roadmap, the concept of 1Malaysia is actually defined very clearly. In fact, it's repeated twice on page 11 and page 69 of the document (English version), or page 16 and page 76 of the Bahasa Malaysia version.
The goal of 1Malaysia is to make Malaysia more vibrant, more productive and more competitive – and ultimately a greater nation: a nation where, it is hoped, every Malaysian perceives himself or herself as Malaysian first, and by race, religion, geographical region or socio-economic background second...I could not agree and share the above goals more for I certainly see myself as Malaysian first, and Chinese second. Religion, geography and class don't even come into the picture.
DAP Parliamentary Leader, Lim Kit Siang posed the simple question to the Deputy Prime Minister, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, if he supports the Prime Minister's 1Malaysia as defined above. The response is below as quoted from the Malaysiakini report:
"I am Malay first, but being Malay doesn't mean I am not Malaysian," said Deputy Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin. He was responding to DAP leader Lim Kit Siang's challenge earlier today for him to state whether he is a Malay or a Malaysian first.Who understands 1Malaysia, and who doesn't? What are the implications? Who's being taken for a ride? Hmmm....
"He doesn't understand (what) the meaning of the concept of 1Malaysia is all about," Muhyiddin told a press conference in the Parliament lobby this afternoon.
"How can I say I'm Malaysian first and Malay second? All the Malays will shun me... and it's not proper," he said.