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Published: Saturday December 7, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Updated: Saturday December 7, 2013 MYT 8:51:13 AM

Ling: I've learnt to forgive, thanks to Mandela

PETALING JAYA: Like the late Nelson Mandela, who forgave all his captors despite spending 27 years in jail, former Transport Minister Tun Dr Ling Liong Sik has forgiven “almost all” of those who had crossed him in the past.

“I have learnt how to forgive. It’s not that hard after seeing a real life example (Mandela). If others can do it, so can you,” said the ex-MCA president.

Dr Ling, who had met Mandela a few times during his tenure, said he was in awe of his forgiving spirit.

“You can’t describe the man in just a few words. He was a very great man. He was full of forgiveness, even after spending 27 years in jail. Anyone of us would be full of hatred if we were to be put in that kind of situation but he had no malice in his heart.

“He was full of love for his country, wanting to see South Africa succeed and become a powerful and strong nation. Indeed, today, South Africa is the fastest growing country in the African continent,” he said.

Dr Ling said it would not be easy to follow Mandela’s example in his willingness to forgive and forget.

“He became friends with the prison wardens in jail and he was still passionate about life,” he said.

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