New Straits Times - - Letters -

AUG 31 will mark the 60th an­niver­sary of Malaya’s in­de­pen­dence, while Sept 16 will be the 54th com­mem­o­ra­tion of Malaysia Day. Th­ese oc­ca­sions en­able Malaysians to rekin­dle their pa­tri­otic spirit and foster in­ter­ra­cial har­mony, which are vi­tal for na­tion­build­ing.

Pa­tri­o­tism is not a short and fren­zied dis­play or show of emo­tion, but a life­time com­mit­ment.

The love for our na­tion should not ger­mi­nate and grow only in Au­gust.

On the con­trary, we should keep the love strong, and take pride in our na­tion.

Th­ese two events should bring peo­ple to­gether for a com­mon goal, which is unity in di­ver­sity.

Malaysia can be a role model for the world if we can re­spect and cel­e­brate our dif­fer­ences.

Dif­fer­ences of opin­ion are a fact of life. It is not our dif­fer­ences that cause dis­unity, but the intolerance of such dif­fer­ences.

I al­ways be­lieve that be­ing a Malaysian does not make any­one less a Malay, Chi­nese, In­dian, Kadazan or Iban.

Malaysians should ac­cept each other as Malaysians and should

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