Let’s do our part to shape the nation

TOMORROW we celebrate our National Day. Although it is to be distinguished from the upcoming Malaysia Day (when Sabah, Sarawak and Singapore came together with the Federation of Malaya to form Malaysia on Sept 16, 1963, with Singapore subsequently breaking away two years later), this is still a day that has always been celebrated by all Malaysians nationwide.

As the familiar patriotic song, Malaysia Berjaya puts it: Dari Perlis sampailah ke Sabah, kita sudah Merdeka; Negara makmur rakyat mewah, kita sudah berjaya.

There is no need to translate these lyrics into English.

We have been independent so long that it would be embarrassing if any reader who is Malaysian could not understand these words in our national language.

Our diversity is our strength.

Even in the use of language, there are those politicians who sometimes forget that they have to be careful with what they say at all times.

There is no such thing as using a specific language to address a specific ethnic group, thinking that it is fine to go overboard with one’s remarks because the others will not understand.

This has been a real challenge in recent times, especially with the rise of social media, when anything said even within a small group can go viral.

It is perhaps also because of the information overload that we sometimes feel a sense of despair over the state of our nation.

It does not help that the haze has returned, and visibility has been substantially low in many parts of the country.

The slew of news about the country and the variety of interpretations keep many keyboard warriors perpetually busy.

There are many citizens in this land today who were never part of the independence years, nor were they aware of the many growing pains that this nation went through to get to where we are today.

The Star Says,

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