Forging Forward
Forging Forward
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In Malaysia, it's almost a tradition for new prime ministers to introduce a fresh slogan early in their tenure. These slogans are not just catchy phrases; they guide government policies, set the administration apart from its predecessors, and convey their vision for addressing current and future challenges. Earlier this year on 19 January 2024, Prime Minister YAB Dato' Seri Anwar Bin Ibrahim launched the Malaysia Madani, or Civil Malaysia, slogan.

Before YAB Dato' Seri Anwar Bin Ibrahim, previous prime ministers also had their unique slogans. YB Dato' Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob, the ninth prime minister, introduced Keluarga Malaysia (Malaysian Family), urging people to uphold family values, set aside differences, and face challenges unitedly. Before him, YB Tan Seri Muhyiddin Yassin introduced Malaysia Prihatin (Caring Government) during the COVID-19 pandemic, focusing on government concern for people's welfare and well-being. He also announced a RM15 billion economic assistance package in January 2021 to mitigate the pandemic's impact.

Forging Forward - Detail

YB Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, when leading the Pakatan Harapan coalition to victory in 2018, introduced Malaysia Baharu (New Malaysia), promoting a new era of unity and harmony. In 2009, YB Dato' Seri Najib Razak, introduced 1Malaysia with the slogan 'Rakyat didahulukan, Pencapaian diutamakan' (People first, Priorities achieved), which became his guide for his premiership to re-orient Malaysia toward a new direction geared towards greater unity and success.

The Malaysia Madani slogan under YAB Dato' Seri Anwar Bin Ibrahim focuses on transforming Malaysia into a nation that values humanity and embraces good governance. Madani, which is also an Arabic word with the connotation of being modern and civilised, is an acronym for sustainability, prosperity, innovation, respect, trust, and compassion, reflecting a comprehensive strategic framework to address changes post-pandemic. 

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Anwar emphasises that development and growth should be viewed through a humane economy, prioritising people's needs over mere economic metrics. He advocates for a holistic approach to development, balancing economic and material growth with the country's humanity.

Anwar's vision also includes resetting Malaysia's direction regarding race and religion. While maintaining the Malay majority and emphasising Islamic principles, he ensures that Malaysia remains a multi-racial nation where no one is left behind.

As Anwar's administration rolls out its policies, it will be interesting to see how the Malaysia Madani slogan shapes the country's future, aiming for a more inclusive, democratic Malaysia and we look forward to a better Malaysia that brings forth peace and unity.

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