KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA: Young high flyers with potential to become global champions will not have their wings clipped by the quota system, said the Prime Minister.
"If they are determined, the Government will assist them. The philosophy of merely defending the quota system and special consideration must change," said Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.
His words were received with loud cheers from the 15,000 youths participating in 1Malaysia Rally organised by Barisan Nasional Youth at Stadium Bukit Jalil yesterday.
He called on youths not to be fearful in striding forward, as the Government would help them overcome obstacles.
"Have no fear, Barisan Nasional is here," he said, adding that the Government aimed to nurture national, regional and global champions.
"Youths are idealistic. They want to do something to make the world a better place.
"With their idealism and energy, we can harness their latent talents to bring about great changes to the country," he said, adding that the Government's approach was to accommodate youths.
Najib added that the Government also wanted to make Malaysia among the top five globally competitive nations.
"We now rank among the top 10 on the global competitive index from 18th spot last year. We are in a better position than our colonial masters.
"We are also 13 spots higher than Japan," he said, adding that no other OIC or NAM nation had made it to the top 10 list.
He also called on the opposition not to mock Malaysia's achievements.
"We have achieved global recognition, but the opposition is in denial," he said.
He also called on Opposition Leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim not to belittle Malaysia.
"We know what he did," he said.
Najib also pointed out that Malaysia's growth rate of 10.1% was among the highest in the world, adding that countries like Portugal, Spain and Britain were under economic stress.
He also praised Barisan youth chief Khairy Jamaluddin for organising the mammoth youth gathering.
"There are indications that the youths are no longer anti-establishment, they are no longer rejecting the Barisan government," he said.
At the event, Najib also launched the 1Malaysia Rally bus.
"This bus will carry the image, spirit and symbol of Barisan Nasional and 1Malaysia as it travels around the country," he said. -The Star/ANN