PETALING JAYA - The unity that the MH370 tragedy has forged among Malaysians need to be fostered into a more permanent national harmony, said National Unity Consultative Council (NUCC) deputy chief Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye.
He was responding to Acting Transport Minister Datuk Seri Hishamuddin Hussein's commendation on how Malaysians have come together irrespective of race, religion, rank and status in the wake of the incident.
He also reiterated the minister's call for all Malaysians to set aside their differences and stand united in this time of grief.
"In our hour of a crisis, we have seen how Malaysians of different races rallied together. It gives us hope for national harmony," he said.
The challenge is to carry that on when things are "good", he added.
What is important is to get the people together on other common grounds and look for ways to strengthen social institutions and policies that can forge solidarity in the country, he said today.
The unity council has been holding dialogue sessions with the public nationwide to gather recommendations and find solutions to the rising racial and religious tension in Malaysia.
The recommendations and comments will be compiled into a report, which will inform the National Unity Blueprint that will be drafted later this year.
Lee cited the participation of youths as an encouraging trend in the sessions.
"It is important for everyone to speak up. We hope those who have not had the chance to attend any of the NUCC dialogue sessions earlier will try to make it to this one. We want to hear what you think we should do to foster better unity."