Pa­tri­o­tism builds unity and to­geth­er­ness

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RIZALMAN HAMMIM BATU PAHAT news@nst.com.my

IN an ef­fort to en­liven the up­com­ing Merdeka cel­e­bra­tions and boost the spirit of pa­tri­o­tism and love for the coun­try among the peo­ple, the In­for­ma­tion De­part­ment launched the na­tional-level “Ne­garaku Se­hati Se­jiwa” pro­gramme here on Tues­day.

The two-day event, which was held in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the Jo­hor Gov­ern­ment, was held at the Batu Pahat Sta­dium and fea­tured a va­ri­ety of ac­tiv­i­ties.

It was launched by Com­mu­ni­ca­tions and Mul­ti­me­dia Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Salleh Said Keruak.

In his speech, Salleh said un­di­vided loy­alty to the coun­try would en­cour­age a spirit of sac­ri­fice for the coun­try while a spirit of pa­tri­o­tism would build a sense of unity and to­geth­er­ness among the peo­ple

He added, the value of pa­tri­o­tism that has been em­bed­ded in ev­ery Malaysian is a cat­a­lyst to the ef­forts to de­velop and to en­sure the coun­try's pros­per­ity.

"The con­ti­nu­ity of the na­tion must be filled with the peo­ple's readi­ness to work hard ac­cord­ing to their spe­cial­ties and ex­per­tise and to achieve the coun­try's vi­sion, es­pe­cially Trans­fo­masi Na­sional 50," said Salleh.

He said pa­tri­o­tism be­longs to all Malaysians, so the process to boost and en­liven the spirit should be shoul­dered by all Bangsa Malaysia.

"Pa­tri­o­tism does not only mean fly­ing the Jalur Gemi­lang and singing Ne­garaku dur­ing the Merdeka cel­e­bra­tions but to also un­der­stand and prac­tice the wis­dom we have learnt from the past," said Salleh.

Also present at the launch were the min­istry's sec­re­tary gen­eral Datuk Seri Dr Shar­i­fah Zarah Syed Ah­mad, In­for­ma­tion De­part­ment di­rec­tor-gen­eral Datuk Ibrahim Ab­dul Rah­man, state Health, En­vi­ron­ment, Ed­u­ca­tion and In­for­ma­tion Ex­ec­u­tive Com­mit­tee chair­man Datuk Ayub Rah­mat, who was rep­re­sent­ing Men­teri Be­sar Datuk Seri Mo­hamed Khaled Nordin, and State Sec­re­tary Datuk Azmi Ro­hani.

The event also saw the pres­ence of Prof Dr Si­va­mu­ru­gan Pan­dian and Prof Datuk Dr Teo Kok Seong who were recog­nised as Pa­tri­otic Icons in con­junc­tion with the 2017 Merdeka Month cel­e­bra­tion. In­for­ma­tion De­part­ment di­rec­tor-gen­eral Datuk Ibrahim Ab­dul Rah­man with Pa­tri­otic Icons, Univer­siti Sains Malaysia School of So­cial Sciences lec­turer Pro­fes­sor Dr Si­va­mu­ru­gan Pan­dian, and Univer­siti Ke­bangsaan Malaysia In­sti­tute of Eth­nic Stud­ies prin­ci­pal fel­low Pro­fes­sor Datuk Dr Teo Kok Seong and #se­ha­tise­jiwa vol­un­teers dur­ing the launch of the na­tional-level Ne­garaku Se­hati Se­jiwa pro­gramme..

More than 25,000 peo­ple gath­ered at the Batu Pahat Sta­dium to wit­ness the launch of the pro­gramme.

Among the ac­tiv­i­ties that were held in con­junc­tion with the event were Zikir Cinta Ne­gara, Lar­ian Ne­garaku, the Car­ing Bridge ex­hi­bi­tion and Kon­sert 83000 Batu Pahat as well as per­for­mances by buskers and food trucks

For the Car­ing Bridge ex­hi­bi­tion, 55 gov­ern­ment agen­cies and com­pa­nies took part. Among the booths that were avail­able in­cludes a Telco Mini Cen­tre, sale and demon­sta­tion by MyTV and an ex­hi­bi­tion by the Me­te­o­rol­ogy De­part­ment.

More than 2,000 par­tic­i­pants com­pris­ing of mostly of school and univer­sity stu­dents took part in the 10km Lar­ian Ne­garaku.

Also launched at the event was the Kem­bara Merdeka Ne­garaku con­voy com­pris­ing of 19 ve­hi­cles and 60 high-pow­ered mo­tor­cy­cles.

The pin­na­cle of the event was a con­cert which fea­tured the per­for­mances of pop­u­lar lo­cal artistes in­clud­ing Akin & The Ma­jistret, Wany Has­rita, Khai Ba­har, Erny Zakri, Ir­fan Haris, Su­fian Suhaimi, Syamel and Na­jwa Latif.

Com­mu­ni­ca­tions and Mul­ti­me­dia Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Dr Salleh Said Keruak (third from left), In­for­ma­tion De­part­ment di­rec­tor-gen­eral Datuk Ibrahim Ab­dul Rah­man (left) and the min­istry’s sec­re­tary-gen­eral Datuk Seri Dr Shar­i­fah Zarah Syed Ah­mad (third from right) with the au­di­ence dur­ing the launch of the na­tional-level Ne­garaku Se­hati Se­jiwa pro­gramme at Batu Pahat Sta­dium in Jo­hor.

A pa­rade car­ry­ing the na­tional flag dur­ing the launch of the na­tional-level Ne­garaku Se­hati Se­jiwa pro­gramme.

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