A rea­son why this Hari Raya is spe­cial

The Borneo Post - - HOME - By Datuk Seri Ang Lai Soon

“We must strive to up­keep the best tra­di­tions and no­ble val­ues of a truly free and demo­cratic coun­try, so we can all re­main for­ever proud to call our­selves Malaysians” THROUGH­OUT the world mil­lions of Mus­lims are cel­e­brat­ing the most im­por­tant fes­ti­val in the Mus­lim cal­en­dar. Eid ul-fitri mark­ing the end of month long Ra­mad­han.

I al­ways ad­mire and re­spect Mus­lims ev­ery­where for be­ing so dis­ci­plined in ful­fill­ing their re­li­gious obli­ga­tions dur­ing the Holy Month of Ra­mad­han.

The act of fast­ing is not only good spir­i­tu­ally but for one’s health as well, es­pe­cially in a coun­try where peo­ple are con­sid­ered to be rather over­weight.

The dawn of a mag­nif­i­cent spring

We in Malaysia have ev­ery rea­son to cel­e­brate this Eid ul­fitr in a spe­cial way as we have all just wit­nessed.

A month ago Malaysians from dif­fer­ent eth­nic, lin­guis­tic, re­li­gious, cul­tural and so­cial groups made an United and all out de­ter­mined and un­prece­dented at­tempt, like no other, to make their voice heard and to re­write his­tory by cre­at­ing their own destiny.

The peo­ple of this na­tion have ex­er­cised their fun­da­men­tal con­sti­tu­tional right as en­trenched in the con­sti­tu­tion to vote in the Gen­eral Elec­tion.

There was never such a pa­tri­otic demon­stra­tion of love and af­fec­tion for the coun­try by peo­ple from dif­fer­ent eth­nic , re­li­gious, cul­tural and lin­guis­tic groups for each other in the 61 years of its his­tory as a na­tion.

The jour­ney in this short pe­riod of six decades had been rea­son­ably smooth but for one in­ci­dent.

9th May marks the dawn of a new era which au­gurs well for this multi eth­nic, re­li­gious and lin­gual coun­try.

The peace­ful, dra­matic and tu­mul­tuous change through this in­cred­i­ble demo­cratic process was a sign of a healthy democ­racy, for which we Malaysians can now stand proud on the world stage.

We must strive to up­keep the best tra­di­tions and no­ble val­ues of a truly free and demo­cratic coun­try, so we can all re­main for­ever proud to call our­selves Malaysians.

We must main­tain what we have cre­ated to­day, no mat­ter how dif­fi­cult , lonely and long this jour­ney is and will be, as in Chris­tian’s jour­ney in John Bun­yan’s The Pil­grim’s Progress, in the hope that oth­ers will one day come to see the wis­dom of our ways and re­vert to the straight and nar­row path to in­tegrity and our col­lec­tive over­all well­be­ing.

So help us God to make this na­tion a coun­try which we can truly be proud of.

Se­la­mat Hari Raya Aidil­fitri to all Mus­lim friends and Mus­lims ev­ery­where. God bless MALAYSiA. God bless Sarawak God bless us all.

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