The spirit of patriotism must be kindled in the hearts of Malaysians. Our first response is to defend the country from all forms of threats, from within and without. The sense of love for the nation must always be in the hearts and minds of our younger generation, especially during times of economic turmoil.
The theme of this year’s National Day celebration, ‘One Mind One Heart’ means that our responsibility should be focused on building a united and strong nation. Our leaders are trying hard to lead us to this righteous path.
We must continue to maintain the solidarity, unity and stability in the country, which the government has built over the years. The spirit of consensus achieved by the country’s founders in the struggle for independence must be respected. Any action which goes against the spirit of consensus must be opposed to ensure the continuity of our country as a sovereign and an independent nation.
Malaysians must be commended for their astuteness in not bowing to external forces and remaining united in safeguarding the country’s sovereignty and independence.
In a multi religious society we should ensure that religious harmony continues to prevail. Another way to show love for Malaysia is to respect the national anthem the Jalur Gemilang.
Sustained efforts must be made to break the racial divide among people of diverse races to overcome the problem of racial polarisation. National Service is one way of dealing with the problem of polarisation. Parents should encourage their children to take part in the programme, as it would instil patriotism, respect and unity among youths.
Malaysia’s first prime minister, Tunku Abdul Rahman, had this to say about patriotism.
“Independence is like a tree. If everyone takes care of it, the tree will grow, blossom and bear fruits. If we neglect, the tree will surely die and be fit only for use as firewood.”
So let us sow the seeds of patriotism today so we can all enjoy the fruits of love, peace, harmony and tolerance in the future.