SEA Games stage for pa­tri­o­tism

> Malaysians demon­strated love for the coun­try dur­ing the bi­en­nial event: Zahid

The Sun (Malaysia) - - NEWS WITHOUT BORDERS -

KUALA LUMPUR: All Malaysians clearly ex­pressed their pa­tri­o­tism and love for the coun­try dur­ing the 29th SEA Games that con­cluded yes­ter­day, said Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.

The deputy prime min­is­ter said the ex­pres­sion was all the more prom­i­nent when Malaysian ath­letes achieved suc­cess and won medals at the bi­en­nial games.

“Gold medal vic­to­ries saw the na­tional flag raised. The na­tional an­them re­ver­ber­ated. All Malaysians en­thu­si­as­ti­cally gave their to­tal sup­port to our na­tional teams.

“For all the ath­letes, I feel this is a trans­la­tion of the love for the coun­try,” he said in a video clip con­tain­ing his Na­tional Day 2017 speech that was up­loaded onto Twit­ter yes­ter­day.

Ahmad Zahid said he felt proud the un­di­vided sup­port from Malaysians for the na­tional ath­letes did not have any prej­u­dice against any com­mu­nity.

He said this clearly demon­strated the true value of Malaysian unity.

“We have to main­tain this spirit for the sake of the coun­try,” he said and wished ev­ery­one a Happy Na­tional Day.

The video clip, which runs for four min­utes 51 sec­onds, starts off show­ing an in­ter­view of the Fa­ther of In­de­pen­dence Tunku Ab­dul Rah­man who re­lates his strug­gle to se­cure in­de­pen­dence for Malaya.

The first prime min­is­ter said that af­ter see­ing the fail­ing Bri­tish ef­forts against the com­mu­nist ter­ror­ists, he felt the only way to over­come the com­mu­nists was to gain in­de­pen­dence.

“This is the only coun­try in the world that fought the com­mu­nist ter­ror­ists and won,” said Tunku. “Be­ing so for­tu­nate, it is left to the peo­ple to safe­guard and pre­serve our coun­try for our de­scen­dants to live in a sov­er­eign and an in­de­pen­dent na­tion.”

The video clip also por­trayed Malaysia in mod­ern times and showed the faces of sev­eral Malaysians who had brought fame to the coun­try in var­i­ous fields. – Ber­nama

... Malaysian divers show off their prizes af­ter col­lect­ing all 13 gold medals in aquatic div­ing events of the 29th SEA Games at the Na­tional Aquatic Cen­tre in Bukit Jalil yes­ter­day.

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