One Israel and 1Malaysia. Yes, there is a striking similarity. A number of institutions globally are using One, 1 or something similar as their brand name e.g. One Hope Foundation, One Academy, Packet One etc. but they might not be related.
Likewise, some may be serious about their aim to become no.1 or the top in whatever they strive to achieve while others might just bask in the glory of sloganeering. In Bahasa Malaysia, we called it 'shiok sendiri' (self gratification).
Interestingly, Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim had claimed that Prime Minister Najib Razak's '1Malaysia' was a carbon copy of the 'One Israel' concept.
Predictably, the Barisan leadership has reacted strongly against his claims. "It is a serious matter when a Muslim leader is associated with the Zionist. As you know, we support Palestine and we are against the Zionist and Israeli administration".
It is baffling why a politician like Anwar Ibrahim, who claims to walk a higher moral ground, is trying to manipulate the One Israel slogan to score some political points and belittle the 1Malaysia concept. It is equally unnecessary for Nazri to react so strongly against the Isreal government or the Zionist regime.
We should focus on the content (or the lack of it) of 1Malaysia instead and push the government to walk its talk about equality and justice. The government should be taken to task on its intention to retain a race affirmative action on one hand and trying to promote equality and unity on the other.
We should really mind our own business. Politicians should focus on real tasks and not waste their energy on meaningless squabbles and quarrels. There is already enough drama going around.