LOVE THE COUN­TRY,

New Straits Times - - Letters -

AGOOD way to get fel­low cit­i­zens to love Malaysia is to sing our na­tional an­them while watch­ing the Jalur Gemi­lang be­ing hoisted.

Many cit­i­zens belt out N egaraku with pride. Some weep with joy when Malaysians win in­ter­na­tional events.

Such ex­pres­sions of love for one’s coun­try come nat­u­rally. It should be en­cour­aged and trans­formed into pos­i­tive con­tri­bu­tions to our na­tion.

If not, it may just be gone with the wind. For ex­am­ple, foot­ball fans can be fa­nat­i­cal in their sup­port for a club. They can easily turn into an un­ruly mob, act­ing on herd men­tal­ity, but turn sheep­ish when alone.

The love for our coun­try should trans­late into con­crete ac­tion. Singing the na­tional an­them is good for recharg­ing our spir­its, but should not be the end re­sult.

But, how can cit­i­zens love a coun­try when they are not both­ered about their own neigh­bour­hood? If they have lit­tle love for their com­mu­nity, col­leagues, cus­tomers, rel­a­tives or even fam­ily, how can they love the coun­try?

Can hate-mon­gers, who are fond of con­demn­ing fel­low cit­i­zens of a dif­fer­ent race, lan­guage, cul­ture, faith and opin­ion, love the coun­try, which they unashamedly claim to do?

Should we con­tinue to or­gan­ise ac­tiv­i­ties, which are more like af­ford­able and good qual­ity houses. This is the vi­sion and dream of the sul­tan of Johor.

Dream houses cost­ing un­der RM100,000, in­clud­ing semi-de­tached houses and bun­ga­lows, will be the sul­tan’s gift to the peo­ple of Johor in con­junc­tion with his 59th birth­day cel­e­bra­tion.

He launched more than 1,800 houses un­der Phase 1. The hous­ing scheme will be ex­panded to 10 dis­tricts in the state.

The houses will truly be a dream come true for the peo­ple as even low-cost houses cost more than RM100,000 th­ese days.

The dream houses en­vi­sioned by the sul­tan will be for a mul­tira­cial com­mu­nity and truly af­ford­able qual­ity houses. De­spite

WED­NES­DAY, MARCH 29, 2017 prices be­ing cheaper than the market rates, the qual­ity of the dream houses will not be com­pro­mised.

The three-bed­room bun­ga­low or semi-de­tached houses will have a 102 sq m floor space and are par­tially fur­nished.

Hope­fully, this project by the sul­tan of Johor for Jo­hore­ans will rein­vig­o­rate the hous­ing in­dus­try and spur hous­ing de­vel­op­ers to be more con­sid­er­ate and bring down prices.

Other state hous­ing de­vel­op­ers may em­u­late the dream house project of the sul­tan of Johor and make hous­ing a dream come true for ev­ery Malaysian.

SA­MUEL YESUIAH Serem­ban, Ne­gri Sem­bi­lan

A mas­sive crowd at the launch of sul­tan of Johor’s hous­ing scheme at the Gal­le­ria Ko­taraya com­plex.

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