- By the year 2020, Malaysia can be a united
nation, with a confident Malaysian society,
infused by strong moral and ethical values,
living in a society that is democratic, liberal
and tolerant, caring, economically just and
equitable, progressive and prosperous, and in
full possession of an economy that is
competitive, dynamic, robust and resilient.
- There can be no fully developed Malaysia until we
have finally overcome the nine central strategic
challenges that have confronted us from the
moment of our birth as an independent nation.
- The first of these is the challenges of
establishing a united Malaysian nation with a
sense of common and shared destiny. This must be
a nation at peace with itself, territorially and
ethnically integrated, living in harmony and full
and fair partnership, made up of one 'Bangsa
Malaysia' with political loyalty and dedication
to the nation.
- The second is the challenge of creating a
psychologically liberated, secure, and developed
Malaysian Society with faith and confidence in
itself, justifiably proud of what it is, of what
it has accomplished, robust enough to face all
manner of adversity. This Malaysian Society must
be distinguished by the pursuit of excellence,
fully aware of all its potentials,
psychologically subservient to none, and
respected by the peoples of other nations.
- The third challenge we have always faced is that
of fostering and developing a mature democratic
society, practising a form of mature consensual,
community-oriented Malaysian democracy that can
be a model for many developing countries.
- The fourth is the challenge of establishing a
fully moral and ethical society, whose citizens
are strong in religious and spiritual values and
imbued with the highest of ethical standards.
- The fifth challenge that we have always faced is
the challenge of establishing a matured,liberal
and tolerant society in which Malaysians of all
colours and creeds are free to practise and
profess their customs,cultures and religious
beliefs and yet feeling that they belong to one
- The sixth is the challenge of establishing a
scientific and progressive society, a society
that is innovative and forward-looking, one that
is not only a consumer of technology but also a
contributor to the scientific and technological
civilisation of the future.
- The seventh challenge is the challenge of
establishing a fully caring society and a caring
culture, a social system in which society will
come before self, in which the welfare of the
people will revolve not around the state or the
individual but around a strong and resilient
- The eighth is the challenge of ensuring an
economically just society. This is a society in
which there is a fair and equitable distribution
of the wealth of the nation, in which there is
full partnership in economic progress. Such a
society cannot be in place so long as there is
the identification of race with economic
function, and the identification of economic
backwardness with race.
- The ninth challenge is the challenge of
establishing a prosperous society, with an
economy that is fully competitive, dynamic,
robust and resilient.