Archive for the ‘Ethics, Morality and Patriotism’ Category

Let’s ensure a safer Merdeka Day celebration

Monday, July 13th, 2020
Perhaps it’s fated that the Recovery Movement Control Order ends on Aug 31 and we will once again be fighting for our freedom. NSTP file picPerhaps it’s fated that the Recovery Movement Control Order ends on Aug 31 and we will once again be fighting for our freedom. NSTP file pic

Letters: With Merdeka Day coming, Malaysians look forward to the celebrations even if the annual National Day parade will not be held this year due to Covid-19.

To our credit, though, we have remained resolute so far, standing together with the hope that tomorrow will be brighter and better.

It’s time for Malaysians to continue to do better and keep contributing to the country. I am convinced that a better Malaysia can only be established if we consistently better ourselves in every way.

We can do our part by breaking the virus transmission. We can’t be consumed by petty differences. We need to unite for our common interests.

Perhaps it’s fated that the Recovery Movement Control Order ends on Aug 31 and we will once again be fighting for our freedom.

Not from tyranny, oppression or persecution, but from an invisible force that has been a thorn to the world.I’m convinced that we’re going to win this war.

We are fighting for our right to live. For that matter, let’s ensure that Aug 31, 2020 goes down in history as the day we achieved “merdeka” from Covid-19.

Let’s work together to beat the pandemic.

by Muhammad Nazrin Ahmad Zayadi.

Read more @ https://www.nst.com.my/opinion/letters/2020/07/608048/lets-ensure-safer-merdeka-day-celebration

Mohd Zuki: Digitalisation makes for fast and easy govt services

Sunday, July 12th, 2020
  Datuk Seri Mohd Zuki Ali says    the government is considering continued implementation of the  work-from-home model  in the public sector under the new normal.Datuk Seri Mohd Zuki Ali says the government is considering continued implementation of the work-from-home model in the public sector under the new normal.

Chief Secretary to the Government Datuk Seri Mohd Zuki Ali speaks about digitalising the delivery of government services, one of the key initiatives under the Penjana economic recovery plan, and how it will accelerate performance and reshape the civil service

QUESTION: Will the government introduce new key performance indicators (KPIs) in the public sector in line with the move to digitalise the delivery of services under the Penjana economic recovery plan?

Answer: The government’s target to reach 40 per cent in end-to-end online services has enabled us to review the existing KPIs.

This will accelerate and facilitate services provided by all government agencies to the people under the new normal in the post-Covid-19 pandemic period.

When the Movement Control Order (MCO) came into force, many business activities could not proceed due to the temporary closure of government offices. For example, bank loans could not be finalised since the Stamp Duty Office was closed.

The initiatives under Penjana will encourage the creation of more facilities, which will enable the people as well as the business community to engage or obtain services from the government online.

Q: Can the government achieve its target of 40 per cent online services at federal, state and local authority agencies by the end of this year?

A: The Malaysian Administrative Modernisation and Management Planning Unit (Mampu) is the leading government agency tasked with monitoring the implementation of the exercise to digitalise the delivery of services in the public sector. A task force has been formed to enable Mampu to work closely with officials at the ministerial level to monitor the digitalisation exercise.

Q: Has the government set up any other task forces or committees to oversee the implementation of this (digitalisation) exercise?

A: The Unit for the Implementation and Coordination of National Agencies on the Economic Stimulus Package (Laksana), formed by the Finance Ministry, will monitor the implementation of the initiatives rolled out by the government under all four economic stimulus packages.

Civil servants working at the Home Ministry in Putrajaya on May 4.  Government workers who  are affected by the reduction or closure of   counters at public agencies can embark on reskilling. FILE PIX    Civil servants working at the Home Ministry in Putrajaya on May 4. Government workers who are affected by the reduction or closure of counters at public agencies can embark on reskilling. FILE PIX

Q: How are these packages and ther initiatives going to be rolled out?

A: These initiatives will be implemented according to the Information and Communications Technology Strategic Planning for Public Sector Agencies which is aligned with the Public Sector ICT Strategic Plan.

Since 2015, Mampu has been conducting the Open Data Hackathon and Mobile App Hackathon programmes annually to stimulate the development of creative, quality and innovative applications or data products, which will have impacts on the delivery of services to the people.

The programmes, conducted on a small scale, have enabled the government to gauge ideas and create collaborative opportunities as well as foster a culture of innovation in all segments of the community, including university and school students, civil servants and industry players.

Among the outcomes of these simple yet effective programmes is the integration of the Rotation Management System with the appointment system at government health clinics or online interviews that were conducted during the Recovery MCO period.

Above all, we are committed to improving the quality of the government delivery service.

Q: The digitalisation of the delivery of government services will reduce physical transactions. How will such a digitalisation exercise reshape the public sector?

A: This exercise will enable the people to access efficient, seamless and fast services and reduce the need to visit counters at government agencies.

The reduction or closure of counters at government agencies can be carried out since the services are rendered online to the people.

Civil servants impacted by the reduction or closure of the counters can embark on reskilling and redeployment as needed.

The digitalisation exercise will also enable the government to identify what can be upgraded to end-to-end online
services.

Q: Will the government maintain the work-from-home practice introduced to the public sector during the initial phases of the MCO, now that the outbreak is under control?

A: The government is considering continued implementation of the work-from-home setting in the public sector under the new normal.

This, however, requires a more detailed study to ensure it fulfils its intended purpose.

We have identified two main objectives, to mitigate the risk of the spread of the virus and to manage the performance of civil servants by creating a balance between job requirement and personal obligation as well as increasing work satisfaction and productivity.

Among the aspects which need to be clearly outlined through a more detailed study are digital technology support, data privacy and security, suitability in the implementation of certain service schemes as well as the legal implication.

It has been proven during the MCO period that the public sector could still operate effectively even though in the work-from-home mode and flexible work-from-home settings.

The impact on the productivity of civil servants was minimal and the public sector was able to support the reopening of other economic sectors and business activities.

Almost all economic sectors can operate if the public sector carries out its work responsibly no matter what the work setting.

An Immigration officer helping a man with his passport-renewal application in Putrajaya on May 6.  Digitalisation of government delivery services will     reduce the need for people to visit counters at government agencies.   An Immigration officer helping a man with his passport-renewal application in Putrajaya on May 6. Digitalisation of government delivery services will reduce the need for people to visit counters at government agencies.

Q: Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin wants red tape in the public service to be minimised to assist in post-Covid-19 recovery plans. How is this going to be done?

A: Malaysia is adopting the 6R strategy, namely Resolve, Resilience, Restart, Recovery, Revitalise and Reform in handling the Covid-19 crisis. The rolling out and implementation of Penjana marked our entry into the fourth ‘R’ which is the recovery phase.

The presentation of the 2021 Budget will mark the country’s entry into the fifth phase of our strategy which is Revitalise.

The 12th Malaysia Plan is the last and final step of the six strategies. Our main focus in the implementation of each strategy is to drive economic growth by enabling the economic sector to resume and expand their businesses.

Each initiative designed and introduced under all four economic stimulus packages has been planned to provide access to several facilities so that all the assistance can be felt by the people and the business community.

The moratorium on loans (repayment) was given automatically to all without requiring any individual or company to apply for the facility.

The distribution of other assistance such as Bantuan Prihatin Nasional did not require anyone to reapply for assistance.

Even new applications for the assistance can be made with the minimum requirement of enclosing certain documents online.

Having said that, the government will continue to ensure and enhance the public sector delivery service and the ‘ease of doing business’.

I have also chaired meetings which were attended by the secretaries-general of the ministries involved to monitor the implementation of the economic stimulus packages to ensure all actions are being carried out without any delay.

By Adib povera and Mohd Iskandar Ibrahim.

Read more @ https://www.nst.com.my/news/nation/2020/07/607816/mohd-zuki-digitalisation-makes-fast-and-easy-govt-services

Learning institutions should teach students importance of Rukun Negara

Saturday, July 11th, 2020
Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye. - NSTP/File picTan Sri Lee Lam Thye. – NSTP/File pic

KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysian Unity Foundation has suggested that institutions of learning in the country teach students the importance of Rukun Negara and its noble values.

A trustee of the foundation Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye said it was important to explain to the people, especially the young generation, the true meaning of Rukun Negara, why it was formulated and its purpose, in terms of promoting harmony, integration and unity among the races.

“Today’s graduates should be wise, have empathy and noble values, and most importantly love the country.

“Continuous efforts should be made across the country towards fostering awareness on appreciating and embracing Rukun Negara,” he said in a statement here today.

Aug 31 marks the 50th anniversary of Rukun Negara, which was formulated after the May 13 incident in 1969.

The Rukun Negara’s golden anniversary celebration, to be held for three months and jointly organised by the Communications and Multimedia Ministry and the National Unity Ministry, was launched by Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin in Putrajaya last Thursday.

by Bernama.

Read more @ https://www.nst.com.my/news/nation/2020/07/607729/learning-institutions-should-teach-students-importance-rukun-negara

IGP: Sale of national emblems illegal

Saturday, July 11th, 2020
 Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Abdul Hamid Bador  says those found guilty of flouting the prohibition could be sentenced to not more than three years’ jail, or a fine of not more than RM20,000, or both. - BERNAMA/File picInspector-General of Police Tan Sri Abdul Hamid Bador says those found guilty of flouting the prohibition could be sentenced to not more than three years’ jail, or a fine of not more than RM20,000, or both. – BERNAMA/File pic

KUALA LUMPUR: The use of certain emblems or names for the purposes of trade, business or work is prohibited, said Inspector-General of Police, Tan Sri Abdul Hamid Bador.

He said according to a police report received on July 1, the sale of national emblems is widespread online.

“The emblems under the Emblems and Names (Prevention of Improper Use) Act 1963 (Amendment 2016) include emblems, coats of arms and official seals of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong and the Raja Permaisuri Agong, the emblem or official seal of the United Nations, and awards and titles.

“These include medals, badges and decorations instituted under the statutes of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong, the emblem of International Criminal Police Organisation (Interpol) and Bank Negara,” he added.

Last Tuesday, local media reported that police had begun investigating the sale of medals, car stickers, and other items bearing the coats of arms of various states, as well awards issued by Sultans and state Governors.

Other emblems forbidden from being sold are of government enforcement agencies such as the Prisons Department, Immigration Department, People’s Volunteer Corps, and Royal Malaysian Air Force.

Abdul Hamid said those found guilty of flouting the prohibition could be sentenced to not more than three years’ jail, or a fine of not more than RM20,000, or both.

In a separate development, he said 546 copies of a book which allegedly insults the coat of arms of Malaysia were seized by police; while statements from the book cover artist, publisher, and printer have been recorded.

He said police are looking for the editor of the book to assist in the investigation.

The case is being probed under Section 4 (1) of the Sedition Act 1948, Section 5 of the Emblems and Names (Preventing Unlawful Use) (Amendment) Act 2016, Section 233 of the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998, and Section 8 (1) of the Printing Presses and Publication Act 1984,” he said.

The book, titled ‘Rebirth: Reform, Resistance, And Hope In The New Malaysia’, features a modified logo similar to the coat of arms of Malaysia on its cover. –

by Bernama.

Read more @ https://www.nst.com.my/news/crime-courts/2020/07/607735/igp-sale-national-emblems-illegal

Work Matters! Trust – are you trustworthy?

Friday, July 10th, 2020
Prof Dato' Dr. R. Santhiram - the author's father.Prof Dato’ Dr. R. Santhiram – the author’s father.

Are you trustworthy?

This is a very significant question for yourself. Throughout my nearly three-decade career, this has been a constant personal battle; to conduct myself in a reliable and honest manner, with integrity at all times.

Frankly, it’s been terribly hard.

Let me give you an example that demonstrates my struggle. Fairly early on in my business career, I sought a soft loan from my father. He graciously agreed, and asked me to return it in a few installments.

I made a couple of payments. By the time the third installment arrived, I slacked, thinking that he would be alright considering we were family, and that “his money” was eventually going to be “my money” anyway.

A few months went by and I noticed that every time I telephoned my family home, if my father picked up, he would give me a curt greeting, and promptly hand the phone over to my mother.

Eventually, to sort things out between us, I asked him why he was being so odd with me.

It turned out that my father was deeply hurt that I had reneged on my word to pay him back. Of course, I argued my case, and told him about the difficulties of business. And, it was “our” money in any case.

He was not upset that my ventures were taking a longer time to yield results. He was disappointed that I did not have the honesty to speak with him, and renegotiate the terms of settlement.

The money, my father argued, wasn’t important. He was distressed that I had not acted with integrity. And, that he was worried for my future, if I did not place the highest value to this trait.

I have learnt a lot from my father, but this is the most noteworthy lesson my father taught me.

I am nothing, if I cannot act with honour.

In her book, “Integrity; Doing the Right Thing for the Right Reason”, Barbara Killinger, a clinical psychologist, argues that integrity is actually a personal choice. It is an internal guide or state of being that leads you to making decent, honourable choices, and intelligent ethical decisions.

Make it a priority to behave with integrity, if you want to progress in your work-life. When I discuss with my clients about what is important for them in their staff; reliability, and trustworthiness are their highest requirements.

When you lose your job; or get overlooked for a promotion; or don’t close a deal; or even get voted out of office; more often than not, the reason is because there is a trust deficiency. And those who decide your fate, have reason to doubt your ability.

If you want others to be drawn to you, you must prove that you are dependable.

You must act in a principled manner so that people can count on you to be upright. It’s easy to perform properly when the boss is around. The key to lasting success is to conduct yourself with integrity even when no one is watching you.

Everybody wants to work in an environment where there is open communication, good decision making, and a strong moral compass. You also know that workplaces become uncomfortable and tense when you have colleagues acting irresponsibly. This just leads to distrust.

Sometime ago, I was a moderator at the annual congress for the Malaysian chapter of the Australian Certified Practicing Accountants (CPA), a recognised global body.

In my session, the respected panelists discussed how workplaces have changed and evolved with rapid technological advancements.

The speakers, who were all leading human capital experts, however were clear that no matter what technological change happens, ultimately the most coveted employees are those who demonstrate sound ethical principles at work.

How do you show trustworthiness as an employee?

The first thing is to show up on time, every time. If you cannot come on time for work, meetings, or events, you cannot be relied on. Being late just shows that you don’t care.

Write things down. I guarantee that no matter how excellent your memory is, you will miss things out. If you write stuff down, you can pace yourself, monitor, and communicate your progress.

Keep your promises. Do not “wing it” and say yes, only to default later. And, learn to explain the difficulty of delivering something as soon as you realise you might not be able to keep the promise.

Fix problems, and focus on providing solutions. Don’t cover up bad news or your own inadequacies. And don’t spend your energy figuring out how to pass the blame to others. Most bosses would rather you just state the problem, and quickly move on to giving options on solutions.

Be disciplined and “get your act together”. Live a principled life; to make sure you speak the truth; act in a way that people can believe you; and to be fair and just, in whatever you do.

Be trustworthy in your actions, only then can you demand it from others!

By Shankar R. Santhiram.

Read more @ https://www.nst.com.my/opinion/columnists/2020/07/607312/work-matters-trust-%E2%80%93-are-you-trustworthy

Unity of Malaysians, the success factor in combating Covid-19

Thursday, July 9th, 2020
Unity of Malaysians, the success factor in combating Covid-19. It has enabled the government to manage the pandemic effectively. - NST file picUnity of Malaysians, the success factor in combating Covid-19. It has enabled the government to manage the pandemic effectively. – NST file pic

PUTRAJAYA: The unity of Malaysians has enabled the government to manage the Covid-19 pandemic effectively while being recognised as one of best countries in the world for the effort.

Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said he was touched that the people regardless race, skin colour and social status have been aiding each other and protecting one another until Malaysia succeeded in overcoming the crisis.

Muhyiddin said if the spirit of solidarity and mutual help continues to flourish, he is confident the nation would be able to surmount any challenges in future.

“I believe the hearts of all fellow Malaysians are imbued with the good values which call us to respect each other and love one another as humans and what’s more among us as citizens.

“Good values must be nurtured and allow to thrive among the people to strengthen unity among us,” he said when launching the 50th anniversary celebration of Rukun Negara in conjunction with the National Day and Malaysia Day celebrations at Bangunan Perdana Putra here today.

Yesterday, Malaysia again recorded zero locally transmitted Covid-19 cases with only three new imported infections reported and the number of active infectivity cases remained at 70.

Apart from that, the cumulative recovered and discharged cases surpassed 98 per cent with no new fatalities for 24 consecutive days while the death toll stands at 121 cases.

In this regard, the Prime Minister stressed that the process of building a united nation in a multiracial country like Malaysia is not easy as there were challenges before reaching the present level.

However, he said with the blessings of the wisdom and resilience of the people from all races in this country, all challenges could be successfully dealt with.

“We set aside our differences and conflicts existing in the community, we have cultivated understanding and solidarity among ourselves, in the end, our racial, religious, regional and social status differences did not prevent us from living peacefully and harmoniously in the country.

“This is our achievement , the achievement of the people, which we should be proud of,” he said.

by BERNAMA.

Read more @ https://www.nst.com.my/news/nation/2020/07/607239/unity-malaysians-success-factor-combating-covid-19

Rukun Negara Golden Jubilee celebration kicks off with full patriotism

Thursday, July 9th, 2020
The Rukun Negara Golden Jubilee celebration is organised in conjunction with the National Day and Malaysia Day celebration this year. --BERNAMA picThe Rukun Negara Golden Jubilee celebration is organised in conjunction with the National Day and Malaysia Day celebration this year. –BERNAMA pic

PUTRAJAYA: The launch of the three-month-long Rukun Negara Golden Jubilee celebration was held in the full spirit of unity and patriotism despite the Recovery Movement Control Order (RMCO) still in force to curb the spread of Covid-19 in the country.

It was graced by Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin at the Perdana Putra Building here.

The Rukun Negara Golden Jubilee celebration is organised in conjunction with the National Day and Malaysia Day celebration this year.

The launch event began with the special address by Muhyiddin, in which he touched on the important aspect of unity among the people regardless of their race, religion, culture and belief.

The Prime Minister then joined the Minister of Communications and Multimedia Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah, Minister of National Unity Datuk Halimah Mohamed Sadique, six schoolchildren and seven university students representing Rukun Negara clubs and secretariats in reciting the pledge of Rukun Negara.

The highlight of the event was the launch of the official logo of the Rukun Negara Golden Jubilee celebration, which was created through the cooperation between the Malaysian National News Agency (Bernama), the Information Department and the Karangkraf Media Group.

by BERNAMA.

Rad more @ https://www.nst.com.my/news/nation/2020/07/607238/rukun-negara-golden-jubilee-celebration-kicks-full-patriotism

PM wants to make Rukun Negara education a core government agenda

Thursday, July 9th, 2020
Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin delivers his speech when launching the 50th anniversary celebration of Rukun Negara at the Perdana Putra Building today. --BERNAMA picPrime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin delivers his speech when launching the 50th anniversary celebration of Rukun Negara at the Perdana Putra Building today. –BERNAMA pic

PUTRAJAYA: Rukun Negara education should be made a core agenda of the government to ensure that Rukun Negara can become a daily practice of society which is passed down from one generation to the next, said Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.

In making the call, the prime minister said this required concerted efforts by all parties to enhance the inculcation of the principles and values enshrined in Rukun Negara, especially to strengthen unity among the people in the country.

“The National Unity Ministry and Communications and Multimedia Ministry can lead the implementation of this agenda through various programmes, initiatives and activities under their ministries, which are conducted in collaboration with non-governmental organisations, the private sector and civil society.

“I believe that by pooling the determined efforts of all quarters, we can succeed in deepening appreciation of the principles and values of Rukun Negara to strengthen the unity of people in this country,” he said when launching the 50th anniversary celebration of Rukun Negara at Bangunan Perdana Putra here today.

Rukun Negara was declared on Aug 31, 1970 by the then Yang di-Pertuan Agong Almarhum Tuanku Ismail Nasirudin Shah Ibni Almarhum Sultan Zainal Abidin to promote unity among the people following the May 13, 1969 incident.

The five principles of Rukun Negara or the national philosophy are Belief in God; Loyalty to King and Country; Supremacy of the Constitution; Rule of Law; and Courtesy and Morality.

Muhyiddin said patriotic Malaysians should always uphold the principles of Rukun Negara, which they have been closely associated with and have committed to heart since their school days.

He said the five principles of Rukun Negara were spelt out on exercise books, notice boards, school walls and places where they could be easily read and memorised.

“Actually, it is not difficult to appreciate and practise the principles of Rukun Negara if we are aware of the need to constantly enhance unity and preserve harmony through these principles,” he added.

The Rukun Negara golden jubilee celebration, jointly organised by the Communications and Multimedia Ministry, and National Unity Ministry, was telecast live on Bernama TV (Astro 502, myFreview 121 and unifi TV 631), RTM, Astro Awani and social media platforms.

by BERNAMA.

Read more @ https://www.nst.com.my/news/nation/2020/07/607235/pm-wants-make-rukun-negara-education-core-government-agenda

Malaysians can be world’s most harmonious, united society

Thursday, July 9th, 2020
Students Saif Muhannad and Muhammad Zikry (left) looking at the Rukun Negara wall in MRT Merdeka station in Kuala Lumpur. - Pic by NST/MAHZIR MAT ISAStudents Saif Muhannad and Muhammad Zikry (left) looking at the Rukun Negara wall in MRT Merdeka station in Kuala Lumpur. – Pic by NST/MAHZIR MAT ISA

PUTRAJAYA: Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin is confident that Malaysians will be the most harmonious and united society in the world if the principle of Rukun Negara concerning courtesy and morality were being dutifully observed in everyday interactions, physically or virtually on social media.

“If we can continue being polite, considerate, and courteous in our everyday interactions, I’m confident that we will be the most harmonious and united society in the world,” he said when launching the 50th anniversary celebration of Rukun Negara at the Perdana Putra Building here today.

The Prime Minister said it was not difficult for Malaysians to observe courtesy and morality as they already made up a society of highly-civilised, well-mannered and courteous people.

In fact, he said it was most unlikely for Malaysians to purposely be rude or behave in an indecent manner to the extent of insulting others.

“It is un-Malaysian to be rude. It is un-Malaysian to be inconsiderate,” he said.

The launch event was streamed live on Bernama TV (Astro 502, myFreeview 121 and unifi TV 631), RTM, Astro Awani and social media platforms.

The Rukun Negara was proclaimed on Aug 31, 1970, by the then Yang di-Pertuan Agong Almarhum Tuanku Ismail Nasiruddin Shah Ibni Almarhum Sultan Zainal Abidin following the May 13 incident in 1969, with the aim to foster unity among the people of different races, religions, cultures, and beliefs.

Apart from Courtesy and Morality, the other four principles of Rukun Negara are Belief in God, Loyalty to the King and Country, Supremacy of Constitution, and the Rule of Law.

The Prime Minister explained that these five principles have a profound meaning for Malaysians in shaping their identity and uniting every Malaysian citizen regardless of race, religion or skin colour.

While calling for all Malaysians to uphold their commitment to continue to retain and improve their commitment to upholding the five principles of the national philosophy, Muhyiddin said it was not really a difficult task.

“It is important for us to have the awareness to always strengthen unity and maintain the harmony of the people through the practice of the principles and noble values embodied in the Rukun Negara,” he said.

Muhyiddin said the principles of the Rukun Negara must always be put into practice in society and passed on from generation to generation.

“We believe in God; we are loyal to the King and country; we uphold the constitution; we respect the rule of law, and we are always of good behaviour and uphold moral values in our daily life.

“It does not matter whether you are a Malay, Chinese, Indian, Sikh, Kadazan, Dusun, Iban, Murut, Melanau, Orang Asal or any ethnic or sub-ethnic community; if you are a Malaysian, these are the characteristics you must possess,” he said.

In fact, he said, Malaysians were introduced to the five principles of the Rukun Negara when they were still in school, with the principles portrayed on exercise book covers, on signboards and school walls.

by BERNAMA.

Read more @ https://www.nst.com.my/news/nation/2020/07/607233/malaysians-can-be-worlds-most-harmonious-united-society

Rukun Negara, pillars of Malaysia’s peace and development

Wednesday, July 8th, 2020
This year, will mark the 50th anniversary of Rukun Negara, which was formulated after the May 13 incident in 1969. Upheld by every citizen in Malaysia, the Rukun Negara have been the most important pillars of peace, prosperity and development enjoyed by the country thus far. - NST file picThis year, will mark the 50th anniversary of Rukun Negara, which was formulated after the May 13 incident in 1969. Upheld by every citizen in Malaysia, the Rukun Negara have been the most important pillars of peace, prosperity and development enjoyed by the country thus far. – NST file pic

KUALA LUMPUR: It is no secret that the principles of Rukun Negara upheld by every citizen in Malaysia have been the most important pillars of peace, prosperity and development enjoyed by the country thus far.

No one can deny that.

Monday, Aug 31 this year, will mark the 50th anniversary of Rukun Negara, which was formulated after the May 13 incident in 1969.

To further promote people’s unity, as well as to enhance their understanding and acceptance of the national philosophy, the government has decided to hold a Golden Jubilee celebration of the formulation of the principles of the Rukun Negara to foster unity among the various races in Malaysia.

Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin is scheduled to officiate the launch of the celebration at Perdana Putra, Putrajaya, tomorrow.

The 50th anniversary celebration of the Rukun Negara is also in conjunction with this year’s annual Merdeka Month to celebrate the National Day on Aug 31 and Malaysia Day on Sept 16.

The five principles of the Rukun Negara are Belief in God, Loyalty to the King and Country, Supremacy of the Constitution, The Rule of Law, and Courtesy and Morality.

They are the philosophies that were closely knitted to ensure that the people can accept and understand that the diversity of races, religion and beliefs that exist in the country is something special and unique that must always be preserved.

With the Covid-19 pandemic and the global economy showing slower growth, it is obvious that Malaysia, as well as other countries, is now facing tougher challenges than ever before.

This is where all Malaysians are required to remain steadfast and continue to uphold the principles embodied in the Rukun Negara so that the country can continue to be developed in the spirit of unity and harmony.

Although the principle of non-assimilation integration practised in Malaysia is said to be the reason why racial unity could not really be strengthened, it is also believed that if every Malaysian upholds the five principles of the Rukun Negara, disunity among the people is evitable.

This is evident in the fact that after the formulation of the Rukun Negara, Malaysia has been able to enjoy peace and every dispute will be quickly solved in the spirit of the national philosophy, according to Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) Institute of Ethnic Studies (KITA) founder-director Distinguished Professor Datuk Dr Shamsul Amri Baharuddin.

With that same spirit, the launch of the 50th anniversary of Rukun Negara, which is being co-organised by Ministry of Communications and Multimedia and Ministry of Unity, will be filled with various interesting programmes to encourage the people to observe each of the five principles.

At the event, the prime minister is also expected to launch the 50th Rukun Negara Anniversary logo, as well as special stamps to commemorate the celebration.

Nevertheless, the whole golden jubilee celebration of the Rukun Negara will not mean a thing if the people do not appreciate the philosophy enough to adopt it as a guidance and pillar of unity.

To be a true Malaysian, one will need to not just know the Rukun Negara by heart, but also to respect, understand and appreciate the values of each of its principles.

by Bernama.

Read more @ https://www.nst.com.my/news/nation/2020/07/606950/rukun-negara-pillars-malaysias-peace-and-development