Day 20

Posted On August 10, 2007

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In January 1970, the Department of National Unity (DNU) and National Consultative Council (NCC) were formed to address racial issues and to promote national unity. DNU, headed by Tan Sri Ghazali, drafted the national ideology which was then approved by NCC.
In August, at the 13th anniversary of Merdeka, the Yang di-Pertuan Agong formally announced the statement of national ideology, the Rukunegara.
The Rukunegara became the basic model for the government to bring about national unity. It spelled out the principles meant to serve as a bond to bind together all Malaysian citizens.
“Our Nation, MALAYSIA, is dedicated –

To achieving a greater unity for all her peoples;

To maintaining a democratic way of life;

To creating a just society in which the wealth of the nation shall be equitably distributed;
To ensuring a liberal approach to her rich and diverse cultural traditions;
To building a progressive society which shall be oriented to modern science and technology.
We, her peoples, pledge our united efforts to attain these ends guided by these principles –
Belief in God (Kepercayaan kepada Tuhan)
Loyalty to King and Country (Kesetiaan kepada Raja dan Negara)
Upholding the Constitution (Keluhuran Perlembagaan)
Rule of Law (Kedaulatan Undang-undang)
Good Behaviour and Morality (Kesopanan and Kesusilaan).”


1. Praise God for
a. His wisdom upon those involved in drafting the Rukunegara.
b. Those who tirelessly promote national unity.
2. All citizens to consciously engage in national integration; promote mutual respect and acceptance of
one another irrespective of race and religion.
3. The government to treat all citizens as equal with no favouritism towards one race in policies and projects.
4. The government to fully execute the principles of democracy (justice, equality, and respect for human rights and fundamental liberties) in its governance and administration.
5. The supremacy of the Federal Constitution be upheld and respected at all times.
6. All “Malaysians to guard against all forms of extremism, chauvinism, racism and isolation” (Raja Muda of Perak Raja Dr Nazrin Shah).
7. Malaysia moves towards a progressive, courteous, and just pluralistic society.


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