Prominent banker Datuk Nazir Razak has again articulated the need for a second National Consultative Council (NCC2). This call has been supported by a number of political parties, including certain parties within the governing Barisan Nasional and senior politicians Tan Sri Rafidah Aziz, who was the former minister of international trade and industry.

I strongly endorse the need for NCC2 and future NCCs as they become necessary for Malaysia to become a cohesive nation and an effective state. Building a cohesive nation and developing an effective state are long-term processes that may take several decades, if not centuries….

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This piece was originally published in the Edge Malaysia. It was published with a mistake; the original says ‘On nation-building, my view is that measures should be instituted to strengthen democracy in the country …’. It should say ‘On state-building, my view is that measures should be instituted to strengthen democracy in the country …’