Thursday, September 17, 2009

The Charter of the Saya Anak Bangsa Malaysia Initiative


Recognising that our beloved Malaysia is:
  • A sovereign and independent member of the global community of nations;
  • A polity founded on the principles of a constitutional monarchy and a parliamentary democracy;
  • A multi-ethnic, multi-faith and multi-cultural society formed on the basis of a shared choice of membership;
  • A country built and nurtured by the immeasurable efforts and invaluable contributions of all her people, past and present;
  • A nation where her people are inextricably bound by a shared history, heritage, a common interest and destiny;
  • A land blessed with rich natural and human resources.
And fully subscribing to the immutable and universal principle that we are all of a single human race and born equal;

We, Anak Bangsa Malaysia, hereby declare that we are first and foremost Malaysians and Malaysia is our Home. We aspire to be the conscience of the nation and therefore pledge to:
  1. Nurture the spirit of 'Unity is Strength' as enunciated in our Merdeka and Malaysia Day proclamations;
  2. Honour and Uphold the Federal Constitution as the Supreme Law of the Land;
  3. Defend the constitutional provisions of fundamental liberties and equal rights for all citizens;
  4. Respect our fellow citizens irrespective of ethnicity, faith, colour, class or gender;
  5. Oppose all forms of prejudice, discrimination, oppression, persecution and injustice;
  6. Cherish our multi-cultural heritage and celebrate our rich diversity; and
  7. Respect and safeguard our natural and built environment;
We, Anak Bangsa Malaysia, herewith undertake to:
  1. Engender a National Mindset to think and act first and foremost as Malaysians;
  2. Engage the Hearts and Minds of our people to rise above the social constructs and divisive forces of ethnicity, faith, colour, class or gender;
  3. Promote the humanitarian Values of inclusiveness, equality and justice for all;
  4. Advance the principles of Good Governance, namely, stewardship, integrity, accountability and transparency;
  5. Educate our people to be responsible and caring Global Citizens contributing to peace, prosperity and sustainable development.
We are committed to actualising the spirit and substance of Anak Bangsa Malaysia —
"One People, One Nation".

Towards this end, we are determined to take this message to the PEOPLE.

25th April 2009

Note: I photographed and OCRed this; please excuse any errors. You can read more about the SABM initiative here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here and here. BM Version here.

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