New Straits Times - - Letters -

cha­rades, to ex­press love of our coun­try?

Could we go beyond the su­per­fi­cial and work on some­thing truly mean­ing­ful?

It is com­mon to see peo­ple pa­tro­n­is­ing oth­ers to please them.

The love of one’s coun­try has to start with lov­ing one­self. Only by learn­ing to re­spect our­selves can we do the same to oth­ers.

But, the ma­jor­ity will fail at the first hur­dle as petty quar­rels are com­mon among fam­ily mem­bers, as well as rel­a­tives and col­leagues.

We must also learn to love our work and do a great job that oth­ers will be proud of.

In­stead, many Malaysians do a lousy job and yet are proud of them­selves.

When we are ef­fi­cient and pro­duc­tive, we con­trib­ute to our na­tion’s econ­omy and the taxes we pay add to the gov­ern­ment’s cof­fers to de­velop our coun­try.

On the other hand, if we treat our work as unim­por­tant and earn low wages, we will be drain­ing our coun­try’s re­sources by re­ly­ing on gov­ern­ment fa­cil­i­ties when we fall sick.

When we con­trib­ute to char­ity and so­ci­ety with our tal­ent or time to help the poor, sick or the needy, we are show­ing love to our peo­ple and coun­try.

On the other hand, those in­volved in pil­fer­age, leak­ages and wastages are bleed­ing the na­tion. Big­ots have a field day pulling oth­ers down in­stead of lift­ing up their com­mu­ni­ties, which they are not pre­pared to do as it re­quires too much work.

When answering a sup­ple­men­tary ques­tion in the De­wan Rakyat, Prime Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Na­jib Razak said ex­trem­ist groups fan feel­ings of anger and ha­tred, as this tac­tic was eas­ier than to ask peo­ple to up­hold prin­ci­ples and prac­tise mod­er­a­tion.

Those who have the great­est love for our coun­try fight against cor­rup­tion, poverty, in­jus­tice, ig­no­rance, ex­trem­ism, pol­lu­tion and degra­da­tion of our en­vi­ron­ment.

C.Y. MING Am­pang, Se­lan­gor

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