Vital for youngsters to truly understand history of Sept 16, says MP
MIRI: It cannot be stressed enough how vital it is for the younger generation to understand and appreciate Malaysia Day, and to imbibe a strong sense of patriotism for their homeland.
In highlighting this, Sibuti MP Datuk Ahmad Lai Bujang said the date in 1963 witnessed the birth of a nation following the coming together of Malaya, Sabah (known as North Borneo then) and Sarawak as one.
He stressed that the date was just as significant as National Day on Aug 31 – the day when Malaya declared its independence in 1957.
“It is important for the younger generation to know the history behind the formation of Malaysia on Sept 16, 1963 so that they would continue to appreciate the peace and unity that multiracial Malaysians have been enjoying all these years,” he said at the ‘Sepakat Negaraku’ 1Malaysia Community (K1M) programme at Kampung Selanyau in Bekenu here yesterday.
Ahmad Lai said understanding the origin of a country would enable the young to realise the importance of preserving harmony and sovereignty.
“That’s why we celebrate National Day and Malaysia Day every year — both occasions are important.”
He also called upon the people to put their trust in the past and present leadership, and not be too emotional with regard to the creation of Malaysia in 1963.
“Have faith that all were done to ensure a better future for us.Our task is to continue making our nation better and more developed,” he pointed out.
Meanwhile, Ahmad Lai called upon the K1Ms to play more active roles in curbing drug abuse in rural areas.
“K1M can work together with the authorities in fighting drug abuse in our community, especially the youngsters, by running more activities set to benefit this target group,” he said.
Miri Information Department officer Wahid Mohamad, Special Affairs Department officer Lukanisman Awang Sauni and Kampung Selanyau headman Sawal Mawang were among those present at the function yesterday.
Ahmad Lai (seated, centre) and Wahed on his right join others showing their thumbs-up for the camera during the event at Kampung Selanyau in Bekenu.