Peace is a fragile thing that can shatter so easily


We see so many countries around the world struggling to live peacefully. Do we Malaysians appreciate the peace that we have? — 123rf/AI-aided

Peace is a much underrated value until it’s gone. Malaysia has had a relatively peaceful history – for this we owe a lot of thanks. Our prosperity and development since independence has rested on the country’s enduring peace and stability. Look around the region and you will see instead a history of bloody civil wars, killing fields, violent conflicts, and even ethnic cleansing.

Peace and prosperity are intricately related. Many of the poorest countries today – Afghanistan, South Sudan, Syria, and Yemen – have suffered years of violent conflict. Often, violence erupts due to a lack of political access or negotiation. An inclusive, stable government is a key pillar of peace.

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