OUR forefathers’ long fight to achieve independence and racial unity must be safeguarded at all costs, said Persatuan Melayu Pulau Pinang (Pemenang).
Its president Tan Sri Mohd Yussof Latiff said animosity and discontent among races would not augur well for the nation.
“Our forefathers’ main aim was to create an independent country for all races to live together.
“It took years of patience for all who fought for independence to see the fruits of their labour, that is a free and progressive nation and a land of abundance for everyone.
“The younger generation should be grateful for everything they enjoy today, from good education to lucrative careers.
“These are benefits dreamt by our forefathers for their people, ” said Mohd Yussof after launching the Merdeka celebration of Sentral College in Penang recently.
Sentral College chief executive officer and principal Dr Chiang Geok Lian said the students’ overwhelming response to the event showed that the patriotic spirit was alive and well in the young..
“While the Covid-19 pandemic is a major challenge, the people’s unity in this battle is evident.
“This patriotic spirit is something the college has been instilling in every student here, ” she said.
Before she ended her speech, Dr Chiang called on her students to chant ‘Merdeka’ three times which they did to loud applause from others.