KUALA LUMPUR: Leaving behind a prosperous and peaceful Malaysia for future generations was among the three Merdeka points outlined by Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak (pic) for the continuity of the nation to be competitive on the international arena.
The Prime Minister outlines:
* First Merdeka Message: Strengthen the solidarity of Malaysians, including unity in greif, in the face of challenges and tests.
* Second Merdeka Message: Cultivate confidence that we can achieve any ambitions as a nation if there is unity.
* Third Merdeka Message: Leaving behind a prosperous and peaceful Malaysia
In his speech at the 57th National Day celebrations at the Dewan Tunku Abdul Rahman in the Malaysian Tourism Centre (Matic) here, he said solidarity among the people who united in grief, for instance, was witnessed during the ceremony to honour the victims of the MH17 tragedy, which was the highest honour never before accorded to civilians.
This was the first time Najib gave his National Day message live in front of an audience unlike in previous years, and it was telecast directly by radio and television stations.
Najib, elaborating the first Merdeka message, said people throughout the country observed a simultaneous minute of silence as a mark of solidarity and spirit of unity in building a nation, 1Malaysia.
"The point is, ladies and gentlemen, we showed our unity during the Day of Mourning throughout the nation, and we will continue this spirit of unity during good times as well as bad, for always," he said.
In elaborating the second message on fostering the confidence of the people, he said everyone would have a bright future if the people had strong ideas and lived in harmony to achieve a noble objective.
Najib said his administration would continue making the best decisions for the Malaysian people based on the needs, demands and capabilities of the government.
On the third message which is to leave behind a prosperous and peaceful Malaysia, he said: "Whatever the challenges, whatever the tests, we will continue marching ahead, building a peaceful Malaysia for our children's future."
This speech also marks the first time Najib chose to give his Merdeka address live on television.
"Unlike previous years, where Merdeka speeches were pre-recorded and then broadcasted to TV channels, tonight I choose to give my speech live to hundreds of people who are attending this Merdeka eve event to show the spirit of patriotism from eye to eye, heart to heart, especially those who are here tonight," he said Saturday.
Among those who attended the event were Transport Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai, Communication and Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Shabery Cheek and Federal Territories Minister Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor.
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