Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, who returned to the international stage after a 15-year absence for the 73rd United Nations General Assembly, shared about the 'New Malaysia'
The 93-year-old leader, who was hailed as the "patron saint of political comebacks" by former Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, outlined his vision for the 'New Malaysia'.
"After 15 years and at 93, I return to this podium with the heavy task of bringing the voice and hope of the new Malaysia to the world stage. The people of Malaysia, proud of their recent democratic achievement, have high hopes that around the world – we will see peace, progress and prosperity," Tun Dr Mahathir said in his speech during the general debate of the 73rd United Nations General Assembly yesterday, 28 September.
Promising to ratify all remaining core UN instruments related to the protection of human rights, Tun Dr Mahathir said that the new government was committed to ensuring every Malaysian has an equitable share in the prosperity and wealth of the nation
"The new Government of Malaysia, recently empowered with a strong mandate from its people, is committed to ensuring that every Malaysian has an equitable share in the prosperity and wealth of the nation.
"A new Malaysia emerged after the 14th General Election in May this year. Malaysians decided to change their government, which had been in power for 61 years, i.e., since independence.
"We did this because the immediate past Government indulged in the politics of hatred, of racial and religious bigotry, as well as widespread corruption. The process of change was achieved democratically, without violence or loss of lives.
"Malaysians want a new Malaysia that upholds the principles of fairness, good governance, integrity and the rule of law. They want a Malaysia that is a friend to all and enemy of none. A Malaysia that remains neutral and non-aligned."
He also highlighted how Malaysians want a Malaysia that will speak its mind on what is right and wrong, without fear or favour
"They also want a Malaysia that will speak its mind on what is right and wrong, without fear or favour. A new Malaysia that believes in co-operation based on mutual respect, for mutual gain.
"The new Malaysia that offers a partnership based on our philosophy of ‘prosper-thy-neighbour’. We believe in the goodness of cooperation, that a prosperous and stable neighbour would contribute to our own prosperity and stability.
"The new Malaysia will firmly espouse the principles promoted by the UN in our international engagements. These include the principles of truth, human rights, the rule of law, justice, fairness, responsibility and accountability, as well as sustainability.
"It is within this context that the new government of Malaysia has pledged to ratify all remaining core UN instruments related to the protection of human rights. It will not be easy for us because Malaysia is multi-ethnic, multireligious, multicultural and multilingual," Tun Dr Mahathir said, adding that the new government will "accord space and time for all to deliberate and to decide freely based on democracy."