Marina: Let’s be unselfish M’sians


MALAYSIANS must embrace a more inclusive mindset instead of merely fighting for the interests of their own ethnic group, social activist Datin Paduka Marina Mahathir told Mingguan Malaysia.

Marina said Malaysia needed change in various sectors including the economy, politics and society.

“The important thing here is the change from thinking only of ourselves, or our own race, to a mindset where Malaysia will progress when everyone gets an opportunity to succeed,” she said.

Marina said selfishness has placed the country in a dangerous situation in all aspects. The change in government was only possible when the people themselves desired change.

“The basis of this new thinking is that our progress does not depend on oppressing others but also on their progress,” said Marina.

> One of Malaya’s first women in the police force will always remember shedding tears of joy when Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra Al-Haj read Malaya’s Proclamation of Independence, the newspaper also reported.

Sariah Ali, now 84, was then a police constable with the Kuala Lumpur traffic division on duty with two colleagues directing traffic near Dataran Merdeka on Aug 31, 1957.

That morning, thousands witnessed Prime Minister-designate Tunku reading the Proclamation of Independence and declaring the nation’s independence by chanting “Merdeka” seven times.

“I felt so happy and I shed tears of joy,” she said in an interview at her home in Taman Cicely, Teluk Intan, Perak.

> Actress Raline Shah plans to get married next year, reported Kosmo! Ahad.

Raline, 32, who was born in Jakarta, is known for keeping details of her private life secret.

However, she recently said she had fallen for a man and had admitted that they were in a serious relationship.

“Each year, when people ask me, I say my target is to get married the following year.

“Yes, hopefully I will get married next year,” she said.

The above articles are compiled from the vernacular newspapers (Bahasa Malaysia, Chinese and Tamil dailies). As such, stories are grouped according to the respective language/medium. Where a paragraph begins with a >, it denotes a separate news item.

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