We should make sure our pa­tri­otic spirit soars

New Straits Times - - Letters -

MALAYSIA Air­lines’ par­tic­i­pa­tion in the Ne­garaku ini­tia­tive is a noble move as it could help in­stil the spirit of pa­tri­o­tism among Malaysians and fos­ter unity.

It was re­ported that the na­tional car­rier has pledged to in­cor­po­rate the spirit of Ne­garaku on the ground and on­line, in­clud­ing fea­tur­ing the Ne­garaku em­blem with spe­cial livery on its air­craft.

Its in­flight mag­a­zine, Go­ing Places, will fea­ture Malaysian he­roes. It will also present spe­cial con­tent in its in­flight en­ter­tain­ment.

As a fre­quent flyer with the car­rier for more than 40 years, I am pleased to see that Malaysia Air­lines Bhd (MAB) has ini­ti­ated ef­forts to sup­port the Ne­garaku ini­tia­tive to pro­mote pa­tri­o­tism as the 60th Merdeka cel­e­bra­tion is ap­proach­ing.

The air­line, which be­gan as Malayan Air­ways in 1947, has al­ways soared high as one of the best na­tional car­ri­ers in the re­gion.

For years Malaysia Air­lines’ flight at­ten­dants have re­ceived ac­co­lades for their ex­cel­lent ser­vice.

And, de­spite the chal­lenges faced by the air­line, crew mem­bers have never fal­tered in their re­spon­si­bil­i­ties and are as com­mit­ted as ever to their pro­fes­sion be­cause they love their jobs.

Malaysia Air­lines’ com­mit­ment to the Ne­garaku ini­tia­tive is most fit­ting and should be em­u­lated by oth­ers, es­pe­cially big cor­po­ra­tions and govern­ment-linked com­pa­nies.

In the past years, we see fewer Jalur Gemi­lang be­ing flown at com­mer­cial build­ings and homes.

The Ne­garaku cam­paign should be sup­ported by all Malaysians, ir­re­spec­tive of race, as its main ob­jec­tive is to in­cul­cate the spirit of pa­tri­o­tism among the peo­ple and their love for the na­tion, be­sides fos­ter­ing unity.

The peo­ple’s ex­pres­sion of their pa­tri­otic spirit is cru­cial and they should con­tinue to ex­press their love for the coun­try in var­i­ous ways.

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