Lam Thye: Brave through the pandemic as one nation

Malaysians should rekindle the spirit of Rukun Negara and brave through the Covid-19 pandemic together as a nation, said Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye.- NSTP/MAHZIR MAT ISA. Malaysians should rekindle the spirit of Rukun Negara and brave through the Covid-19 pandemic together as a nation, said Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye.- NSTP/MAHZIR MAT ISA.

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysians should rekindle the spirit of Rukun Negara and brave through the Covid-19 pandemic together as a nation, said Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye.

“The unity shown by all Malaysians in fighting Covid-19 should be a springboard to renew and fortify the patriotic spirit of each Malaysian and subsequently strengthen the unity among Malaysians regardless of race, religious belief, and culture,” he said.

Lee, who is also a member of the National Unity Advisory Council, said despite the geographical divide between East Malaysia and the Peninsula by the South China Sea, Malaysians should unite together for the country’s progress.

“Those from Peninsula, Sabah, and Sarawak should learn to co-exist and learn from each other in terms of living harmoniously and support the country’s social integration for sustainable continuity,” he said.

Lee also believed that Malaysians should not confine their identity to their racial and religious backgrounds, but rather embrace themselves as Malaysians, who belong to a single nation.

“Despite the domestic and external challenges aggravated by the Covid-19 pandemic, Malaysia still has a brave heart at overcoming it through unity which leads to success in achieving development and socio-economic progress,” he said.

Lee said that Malaysians should celebrate the country’s diversity by embracing moderation and reject all forms of bigotry.

“The diversity of our country is an asset that we should be proud of and everyone can see the advantages and the beauty of diversity in this country.

“The harmony should not be wavered by racial polarisation or racial extremism and they should oppose religious bigotry. Instead, moderation is advised with mutual respect and trust embedded,” he said.

Lee, therefore, advised Malaysians to cherish unity as an invaluable gift, and not to take this symbol of humanity for granted.

By Hanum Afandi.

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