The “One Malaysia” concept is vital to recognise the contributions made by Malaysians of all races towards the development of the country, said Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

He gave emphasis to the concept yesterday during his visit to Sin Chew Daily, the largest Chinese media group, in an effort to better understand the sentiments of the Chinese community.

“I took the opportunity to explain some matters, including the concept of ‘One Malaysia’, and how important it is for members of the administration to have a relationship in the form of cooperative engagement with the media,” he said.

Asked if he would review laws that govern the media such as the Printing and Presses Act once he becomes Prime Minister, Najib said: “Can we talk about this when ... I have not assumed the post yet.”

On reports that he would be sworn in on Friday, Najib asked the media to wait for an official announcement.

Asked if he would quickly set up a new Cabinet after he assumes the premiership, he replied: “I’ll answer that after I’ve taken the oath (as Prime Minister).”

To a question whether he would appoint into his Cabinet Umno leaders who had lost in the recent party elections, Najib laughed and said in northern Malay slang: “I tak pikiak lagi (I’ve not thought about it yet)”.