PETALING JAYA - Malaysians should focus on moderation while rejecting all forms of extremism as greater effort is needed towards instilling unity, said Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye.
The 1Malaysia Foundation trustee said political leaders and members of society should amplify efforts in uniting all Malaysians as the country stepped into the new year.
"Malaysians need to go back to the 1957 Merdeka spirit and work towards genuine reconciliation as well as racial and religious harmony.
"At the same time, more needs to be done by the Government with the co-operation of the people to work towards the protection of our environment," he said in a statement yesterday.
Lee, who is also Malaysian Crime Prevention Foundation vice-chairman, called for the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission to be transformed into a truly autonomous body in the fight against corruption.
"Continuous and serious efforts must be made to instil integrity and ethical values into both the public and private sectors to counter corruption," he said.
He also called on the Government to intensify efforts to build a Total Safety Culture where safety is no longer a priority but an enduring value on the roads or at the workplace.
He added that the new year should herald more initiatives to help Malaysians, particularly the middle and low-income groups, to cope with the escalating cost of living.