Kuala Lumpur, Sep.1 : Indians and Chinese living in Malaysia must give an assurance on their citizenship and position in the country, said a senior official, Anwar Ibrahim.
The Star quoted Ibrahim as saying that the country belonged to all races and not to just one community.
"With such an assurance, it does not mean that you will be sacrificing the rights of another community," he said during a breakfast meeting in Yayasan Aman in Penanti yesterday.
Anwar said when Independence was declared on Aug 31, 1957, the Malays, Chinese and Indians were assured the freedom of speech and freedom to form associations.
"Now, when you say you disagree (with your political leader) you get threatened. The true spirit of Merdeka is no longer present.
The newly elected Opposition Leader also said Malays should support leaders who abhorred corruption and those who were fair to all communities.
He said political leaders should also refrain from making racist remarks that would make other races feel threatened, adding that it was unfair to blame one community for the economic slowdown.