KUALA LUMPUR - Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak has reiterated his commitment to achieve national reconciliation and heal the wounds following the 13th general election.
The Prime Minister said he was determined to lead a government that was for all Malaysians.
"The 13th general election was a hard fought one and while Barisan Nasional was returned to office with a mandate, the results show increased polarisation in the country," he said.
"I acknowledge that. But I want to heal these wounds and achieve national reconciliation. I am determined to lead a government that governs for all Malaysians.
"I believe our greatest achievement; Umno's greatest achievement is not the defence of just one race but the creation of one state, one nation, one Malaysia. It is the work of a lifetime and is not yet complete," he said at an international forum held ahead of the Umno general assembly yesterday.
The Umno president said while the party was a Malay political organisation, it governed in a coalition of many races and "we govern in the name of all".
"It is not always easy to maintain peace, stability and prosperity. To embrace moderation and our differences rather than focus on what divides us. And sometimes, we go too far," he said.
Najib said Umno was also committed to ensure it remained relevant to new generations and would strive to understand the aspirations of the younger, better educated and more urban voters who expected more liberty and opportunities.
He also said that the Government had introduced affirmative action policies to level the playing field to help not just the Malays but all the indigenous people, Muslims and non-Muslims alike.
He stressed that the Government was not denying the rights of others by installing policies to support historically disadvantaged groups.
"Under Barisan, bumiputra policies will continue as long as there is a need, but not longer. Our history shows that affirmative action, national unity and growth can co-exist.
"I ask for the continued support of all Malaysians as we build on our economic successes and look towards a brighter future," he added.
Meanwhile, Cheras Umno chief Datuk Seri Syed Ali Alhabshee lauded Najib's commitment to ensure that Umno remained relevant to new generations.
Writing in the Cheras Umno blog yesterday, Syed Ali said in carrying out the party's mission and vision, leaders at all levels should tailor their approaches to be in line with changing times.