EX­PRESS YOUR PA­TRI­O­TISM

THE prime min­is­ter urges Malaysians to stay united to pro­tect the coun­try from both in­ter­nal and ex­ter­nal threats. At the launch of ‘Ek­spresi Ne­garaku’ in Putrajaya, he takes aim at ‘un­scrupu­lous in­di­vid­u­als’, in­clud­ing an ex-leader, whose ‘heart­less’ act

New Straits Times - - Front Page - ‘EK­SPRESI NE­GARAKU’ RE­PORTS AND PIC­TURES ON

PRIME Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Na­jib Razak has called on Malaysians to strengthen their pa­tri­o­tism re­gard­less of po­lit­i­cal back­ground, and de­fend the coun­try from all threats.

“One should ask, what is the fun­da­men­tal or pil­lar to en­sure peace, har­mony and a united coun­try? The an­swer is love and ap­pre­ci­a­tion for the coun­try. We were born here, we grew up here and, when the time comes, we will die here.

“Thus, we have to con­tinue to de­fend our beloved coun­try from any in­ter­nal and ex­ter­nal threats, as there are cer­tain quar­ters who are un­pa­tri­otic and work with en­e­mies,” Na­jib said at the Ek­spresi Ne­garaku event at Dataran Putrajaya yes­ter­day.

He cited the La­had Datu in­ci­dent in 2013, in which six po­lice of­fi­cers were killed by Sulu in­trud­ers.

One Spe­cial Branch of­fi­cer was jailed the max­i­mum seven years for in­ten­tion­ally with­hold­ing in­for­ma­tion about the Sulu gun­men.

“He is serv­ing his time in jail and one day, he will be re­leased. But what about the feel­ings of the wives and chil­dren of the po­lice­men who died in the in­ci­dent? The only thing left are mem­o­ries.”

Nev­er­the­less, Na­jib said, he was grate­ful that Malaysians re­mained united dur­ing chal­leng­ing times, such as dur­ing the Malaysia Air­lines Flight MH370 and MH17 tragedies, the de­te­ri­o­ra­tion of ties be­tween Malaysia and North Korea, and even the Rio Olympic Games.

“Al­though our ath­letes did not win any (gold) medals in the Olympics, Malaysians were still proud and wel­comed our heroes. Same thing goes to Mohd Faiz Subri, whom Malaysians voted for to en­able him to win the Fifa Puskas (award).

“Malaysians also showed their sol­i­dar­ity in the case of miss­ing Flight MH370 and the crash of MH17, as well as the cri­sis be­tween Malaysia and North Korea we are fac­ing now.

“No mat­ter the dif­fer­ence in ide­ol­ogy and po­lit­i­cal back­ground, we must stick to­gether to pro­tect our coun­try,” he said.

Ek­spresi Ne­garaku is the first plat­form to mo­bilise the “Ne­garaku” ini­tia­tive im­ple­mented na­tion­wide to al­low Malaysians to show their spirit of pa­tri­o­tism and love for the coun­try.

Present at the event were Deputy Prime Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Dr Ah­mad Zahid Hamidi, Chief Sec­re­tary to the Gov­ern­ment Tan Sri Dr Ali Hamsa, Com­mu­ni­ca­tions and Mul­ti­me­dia Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Salleh Said Keruak and the prime min­is­ter’s wife, Datin Seri Ros­mah Man­sor.

Na­jib said the spirit of pa­tri­o­tism could be ex­pressed in var­i­ous ways.

“Civil ser­vants can be pa­tri­otic when they work hard to serve the peo­ple. Teach­ers or ed­u­ca­tion­ists can be pa­tri­otic by nur­tur­ing the younger gen­er­a­tion with love and ded­i­ca­tion,” he said.

“A mother can be a pa­triot by lov­ing her fam­ily and chil­dren un­con­di­tion­ally.”

Na­jib also urged Malaysians to fly the Jalur Gemi­lang daily, not just on Merdeka Day.

“We don’t want to fly the Malaysia flag (only) when there is a spe­cial oc­ca­sion, such as our Na­tional Day.

“We should fly the flag 365 days a year so that we can un­der­stand and ap­pre­ci­ate the mean­ing of pa­tri­o­tism.”

The Ek­spresi Ne­garaku event fea­tured ac­tiv­i­ties suit­able for fam­i­lies, such as the Ne­garaku Flag Run and Se­nam­ro­bik Ne­garaku.

There were also per­for­mances by artistes such as Bunk­face, Kaka, Ella and Amy Search.

BER­NAMA PIC

Prime Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Na­jib Razak vis­it­ing a booth at the Ek­spresi Ne­garaku event in Dataran Putrajaya yes­ter­day. With him are Deputy Prime Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Dr Ah­mad Zahid Hamidi, Com­mu­ni­ca­tions and Mul­ti­me­dia Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Salleh Said Keruak (sec­ond from left) and Youth and Sports Min­is­ter Khairy Ja­malud­din (left).

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