Kuala Lumpur, Nov 18 (Bernama) -- Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi said although a "Bangsa Malaysia" (Malaysian Race) has still not been achieved, the "spirit of Bangsa Malaysia" is strong among Malaysians.
He said this spirit would be reinforced and enhanced.
"The noble values that we practise and treasure, such as belief in God, loyalty to the nation and ruler, mutual respect, cooperation and sensitivity, will continue to be bolstered until they become part of our soul and our daily life," he said.
He said this in a written reply to Chong Hon Min (Independent-Sandakan) on the measures taken to create a "Bangsa Malaysia" under Vision 2020 in the Dewan Rakyat Thursday.
Abdullah said the spirit of consultation among the various races was also a key factor in building "Bangsa Malaysia".
He said all the races should help and accommodate each other as they are partners in building the nation.
"The fact is that unity is the pre-requisite to building a Bangsa Malaysia. Although difficult and challenging, the government is very positive about achieving the goal by 2020 if every Malaysian cooperates and works together with full commitment towards realising the national aspiration," he said.
Abdullah said Vision 2020 underlined nine challenges to be overcome by Malaysia on the road to developed nation status.
He said the creation of a "Bangsa Malaysia" that is united topped the list of challenges.
"This means that all Malaysians must be mobilised to contribute together to nation building," he added.