Dr Har­tini Zain­udin

Malaysia Tatler - - CONCIERGE -

I think freedom is … as im­por­tant as breath­ing fresh air. The freedom to think, de­cide and live life on your own terms with­out fear. The first time I en­coun­tered op­pres­sion is … when I re­alised poor, non-malaysian chil­dren did not have ac­cess to free and equal education in schools. From this op­pres­sion, I learnt … to be per­sis­tent, be pa­tient and be cre­ative in order to solve prob­lems. From this ex­pe­ri­ence of op­pres­sion, I would change … the land­scape to pro­vide equal ac­cess and qual­ity education for all chil­dren in Malaysia. The last time I re­call feel­ing pa­tri­otic … was when I heard chil­dren re­cite the Rukun­negara. I think Malaysian val­ues are … beau­ti­ful, univer­sal and true. I think the best per­son who rep­re­sents th­ese val­ues is … Tan Sri Jemi­lah Mah­mood. To me, be­ing a Malaysian means … be­ing in­clu­sive, warm and em­brac­ing of all cul­tures. To me, Malaysia Boleh means … Merdeka in an­other era.

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