Friday): For the first time in the nation’s history, Parliament will be meeting in
the midst of National Day celebrations, starting its two-month budget meeting on
Sept. 9 – nine days after the 45th National Day on August 31 and
seven days before the 39th Malaysia
Day on September 16.
Parliament should give special meaning to this historic first by adopting an
unanimous 45th National
Day resolution on Sept. 9 to demonstrate that Malaysians are capable of national
unity despite their differences whether of race, language, culture, religion or
political beliefs and affiliation.
If MPs regardless of party, whether Barisan Nasional, Barisan Alternative or
DAP cannot transcend political differences and adopt an unifying National Day
resolution to commemorate the 45th National Day, then this should be
a subject of serious deliberation by the country on the grave state of national
disunity and polarization in the country among the people 45 years after
The Parliamentary 45th National Day Resolution, which should be
drafted by an all-party drafting committee before the Dewan Rakyat meets on
Sept. 9, should not be a meaningless or empty-sounding
verbiage but a courageous and forthright recognition of the political, economic,
social and nation-building challenges facing the country in the 21st
century and an reaffirmation by all MPs on behalf of all Malaysians to build an
united, democratic, liberal, equitable, just and prosperous nation which could
surmount the challenges of globalisation, liberalization and information and
In the parliamentary debate on the 45th National Day Resolution,
there should be no attempt to gloss over the national crisis,
dilemmas or problems,
whether on democracy, human rights, corruption, the rule of law, education,
economic justice or sustainable development, but there should be an overarching
will capable of transcending existing differences to manifest a national unity
for the good of the country and people.
DAP is prepared to give its full contribution to support and endorse such a 45th National Day Resolution by Parliament on Sept. 9.