PA­TRI­O­TISM

New Straits Times - - Letters -

iden­tify them­selves first as Malaysians, for such iden­ti­fi­ca­tion fos­ters pa­tri­o­tism and de­vel­ops unity.

Malaysians must re­main vig­i­lant and be con­scious of the sen­si­tiv­i­ties of other re­li­gions and cul­tures for the sake of in­ter­ra­cial har­mony.

The most ur­gent task of Malaysians is to en­sure racial and re­li­gious har­mony, and re­ject ex­trem­ism.

To pre­vent Malaysians from drift­ing apart, they must be eth­nic bridge builders, not eth­nic he­roes.

It is our duty to work for peace and har­mony and re­frain from acts of provo­ca­tion and vi­o­lence.

Mul­tira­cial liv­ing and com­mu­ni­ties have be­come a source of racial in­te­gra­tion for years, and have played a part in mak­ing Malaysia a har­mo­nious place to live, learn, work and play.

We have a role to play by giv­ing greater em­pha­sis to the idea of Malaysian one­ness and to­geth­er­ness, based on val­ues and virtues taught by all re­li­gions and races, in­stead of ex­ploit­ing eth­nic sen­ti­ments.

Malaysian should be com­mit­ted to pro­mot­ing peace, har­mony and unity.

The “Ek­spresi Negaraku” cam­paign should be sup­ported by Malaysians since its goal is to in­cul­cate pa­tri­o­tism in us.

It is a plat­form to pro­mote the noble goal in con­junc­tion with Na­tional Day, which car­ries the theme “Negaraku Se­hati Se­jiwa”, or “My country, one heart, one soul”.

Malaysians ex­press their love for the na­tion in many ways.

Those who join the mil­i­tary and po­lice, for ex­am­ple, are will­ing to sac­ri­fice their lives for the country. We have sports­men and women who made our country proud when they won medals in in­ter­na­tional com­pe­ti­tions.

Malaysians have shown their love for the country by pay­ing taxes, which help oth­ers and de­velop the country.

Sub­scrib­ing to the sovereignty of the law also shows our love for the country, as it is one of the five prin­ci­ples of Rukun Ne­gara.

We can cham­pion en­vi­ron­men­tal causes or help the au­thor­i­ties tackle van­dal­ism, lit­ter­ing, drug abuse and crime.

Peo­ple can or­gan­ise and par­tic­i­pate in go­tong-roy­ong or Rukun Te­tangga.

Malaysians can show their love for the na­tion by re­sist­ing at­tempts to po­larise and di­vide peo­ple. There are many other ways to show our love for our country if we prac­tise the Rukun Ne­gara prin­ci­ples.

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(From left) Par­a­lympians Siti Noor Ra­diah Is­mail, Muham­mad Ziyad Zolke­fli, Ab­dul Latif Romly and Mo­hamad Ridzuan Mo­hamad Puzi with their Par­a­lympics medals. Sports­men and women make the country proud when they win medals in in­ter­na­tional com­pe­ti­tions.

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