Vi­tal for young­sters to truly un­der­stand his­tory of Sept 16, says MP

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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.

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