SHAH ALAM: PKR President Anwar Ibrahim said it would be no problem for him to become the "hero" of the Malaysian community, adding that he knew what he needed to do to achieve this status.
However, he said he would not do so if it meant dividing the nation and destroying the harmony of the country.
"We as a country can celebrate or share, but we have to choose. If we want to divide and make things tight, we can.
"It's easy for me to be a hero for Malaysians. I know what to do.
"But if it means causing division and hostility, it is actually treason (to the country)," he said at a seminar on nation-building and peaceful culture tonight.
He emphasized that it is good and important to stand up for race and religion, but not to the point where one sows discord in the nation.
This comes after the Malay Congress on Dignity on Sunday raised several issues pertaining to the Malay community, including reviewing the social contract, closing down public schools and reserving senior government positions for just one community.
Organizers said the congress would focus on the problems that Malaysians face in the fields of education, religion, culture, politics and economy.
The Congress, organized by several public universities, was attended by Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad and senior PAS leaders, Umno and Amanah.
However, Anwar did not attend the rally, saying that his invitation had arrived too late.
Anwar also stressed the importance of humanistic values, saying that leaders should fight not only to defend the plight of the poor Malay people, but of all races.
"Sometimes we are not raised in this way, not only by Malaysians, but even by Chinese and Indians. But do we just accept that as the norm?
"Most of this country is owned by Malaysians. But if the Indians or Chinese in some parts of the city are poor, so is our responsibility.
“Where is our humanity?” He asked.
He said that the size of a person is not shown by their arrogance or ability to arouse fear of others, but by their ability to fight for justice, adding that it is their responsibility to shape the narrative, rather than merely responding to the telling of others.