PUTRAJAYA (Bernama) – New laws may not be the optimum solution to preserve social order and national harmony, says Attorney-General Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail.
He said Malaysia had a tough battle ahead if it was to preserve social order and national harmony, and new laws might not be the optimum solution.
In his keynote address entitled ‘Current Challenges in Preserving Social Order And National Harmony – A Critical Note’ at the Judicial and Legal Training Institute (ILKAP) National Law Conference 2014 yesterday, Abdul Gani said Malaysia should learn from the experience of others.
Citing experience in the United Kingdom, he said it was found that changing societal attitudes was a slow process and legislation was only effective if it was correctly implemented, while Canadian experience had shown that multiculturalism encouraged racial and ethnic harmony and cross-cultural understanding.
Abdul Gani said at the end of the day, the choice to preserve “our own model” of social order and national harmony was in the hands of the Malaysian citizen.