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Saturday August 31, 2013 MYT 8:45:00 AM
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by rashvinjeet s. bedi AND t. avineshwaran)
An old copy of a photograph of Evelyn Nesamanie Samuel presenting Tunku Abdul Rahman with a bouquet of flowers.
As we celebrate 56 years of the collective blood, sweat and tears of our ancestors and our peers, it seems that a simple love of this land and of each other is what is needed. And surely no one person exemplified that more than our first Prime Minister.
"But to me, his strong and principled stand as to what Malaysia represented made all the difference.
"One of the most significant platforms he established, almost immediately after Merdeka, as a vehicle for fostering harmony in multicultural Malaysia was the National Art Gallery in 1958.
“Tunku was a very honest man and did things for the country. He never thought about enriching himself,” said Nur Jazlan.
He also doesn’t think that any leader could unite Malaysia in the way Tunku did, especially when it came to bringing people together just before the Malaya's independence.
"He was the leader of Umno and an example to all Umno politicians. He was not an extremist. If we Umno leaders are racist, we will lose out," she said.
Jempol MP Tan Sri Isa Samad echoes that view.
"It was Tunku who mooted the idea for power sharing which led to a coalition government in our country," he said.
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Merdeka, History, Tunku Abdul Rahman, Politics
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