Set up TN50 national consultative council, says DAP

lim-nazirGEORGE TOWN: The DAP is urging Prime Minister Najib Razak to set up a national consultative council for the 2050 National Transformation (TN50) policy, that should be chaired by his brother Nazir Razak.

DAP parliamentary opposition leader Lim Kit Siang said the council under the chairmanship of Nazir, who is CIMB Group chairman, would also be the suitable venue to discuss whether the Rukunegara should be part of the Malaysian Constitution or occupy a central place in TN50.

Lim said he wanted this done immediately, as early as tomorrow, when the Cabinet sits for its regular meeting.

The council, Lim said, should have representatives from the government, political parties, civil society, academics, religious leaders, businessmen, youth and women’s groups.

He also said the council would ensure that the TN50 policy would be a shared national vision for all Malaysians.

“I suggested a national consultative council under Nazir’s chairmanship to make sure TN50 is a shared national vision of 100% of the population and not just 47% of the electorate, who voted for Barisan Nasional in the 2013 polls,” he said.

Lim was responding to a civil society initiative calling for the Rukunegara national ideology to be made relevant again, and to be used as a guide for public policies and law-making.

The civil society initiative, known as ‘Rukunegara sebagai Muqadimmah Perlembagaan’ (RMP or Rukunegara as the Preamble to the Federal Constitution) is aimed at including the national document as the opening statement of Malaysia’s supreme law, the Malaysian Constitution.

RMP chairman Dr Chandra Muzaffar said the Rukunegara had been sidelined, serving as mere lip service for the last 40 years, and the problem was the lack of political will to translate its principles into action.

The Rukunegara’s five principles are belief in God, loyalty to King and country, upholding the Constitution, rule of law, and good behaviour and morality.