Young Malaysians prefer citizens of the country to be known as 'Bangsa Malaysia' in the next 30 years, Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin said today.
He said the inputs obtained from more than 20 series of dialogues on the 2050 National Transformation (TN50) that had been held nationwide also revealed that the young Malaysians wanted the "wall' that separated the races in the country to be demolished.
"They want to see an identity that is more united, which is an identity known as 'Bangsa Malaysia' to be more prominent than that of the race or ethnic," he said at the TN50 Dialogue at the Tunku Abdul Rahman University College in Kuala Lumpur today.
Also present were Transport Minister Liow Tiong Lai, who is also chairperson of Tunku Abdul Rahman University College's board of governors.
Khairy said the young people also wanted to see tolerance and respect for one another among Malaysians, as well as for the people to appreciate the difference between the various races.
He said today's dialogue was held to obtain inputs, including views, of the young people from the Chinese community so that the aspiration of Malaysians from all races would be taken into account in TN50.
TN50, mooted by Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak, is a futuristic policy to map the direction of the country in the next 30 years after 2020.