Wahid calls for unity among Malaysians

  • Corporate News
  • Monday, 16 Sep 2019

PETALING JAYA: The country is facing some challenges especially the fragility of our relationship among Malaysians, according to Tan Sri Abdul Wahid Omar, the former Permodalan Nasional Bhd (PNB) chairman.

In a Whatsapp message, Wahid noted the importance of relationship and understanding between people from different race, religion, region and political affiliation.”

"I am honoured to be one of the escorts to the PSM medal recipients during the investiture ceremony in conjunction with His Majesty The King’s official birthday on Sept 9.”

“In His Majesty’s Speech, His Majesty spoke on the importance of unity and how the unity and peace that has been built for 62 years, if lost, will be hard to restore. It is a profound message, ” he said.

5- “In conjunction with Malaysia Day 2019, let us play our respective part, be constructive and embrace and practise the spirit of Rukun Negara (1970) with its five stated objectives,“ Wahid said.

The five objectives are:

- Achieving greater unity among all communities;

- Preserving a democratic way of life;

- Creating a just society where the prosperity of the country can be enjoyed together in a fair and equitable manner;

- Developing a liberal approach towards rich and varied cultural traditions; and

- Building a progressive society that will make use of science and modern technology.

“Wahid also disclosed he is entering a new phase in his life. He has registered as a Visiting Fellow at the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies (OCIS) for the academic year 2019/2020.

OCIS is a recognised independent centre of the Oxford University. It’s patron is HRH The Prince of Wales. The OCIS Board of Trustees is chaired by Prince Turki Al-Faisal and Perak ruler Sultan Nazrin Muizzuddin Shah is the deputy chairman.”

Wahid intends to spend one third of his time in the UK and two thirds in Malaysia, allowing him to balance his new role, existing commitments as well as his family in Malaysia.

“We acknowledge that our country is not perfect and there many areas for improvement. Even developed countries such as the UK have their own problems too.”

“But we have achieved a lot of progress and prosperity compared to many other countries. Let us look at things from a positive angle. Look at the glass as being half full as opposed to being half empty. Focus on things that unite us rather than things that divide us. Be grateful for what we have while we work hard to improve our situation.” Wahid said.

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