IPOH: Sacrifices made by war veterans to keep the country safe must be appreciated by all Malaysians, says Indian High Commissioner to Malaysia Shri Mridul Kumar.
He said everyone should remember those who had served their respective countries during times of conflict and crisis and reflect upon their selfless sacrifices.
"Malaysia had suffered enough during World War II, as well as skirmishes with its neighbours and the more than 30 years of communist insurgency. Therefore, no one understands the value of peace better than those veterans and us.
"We should remember and appreciate the suffering and sacrifice of all the soldiers and civilians on all sides in all wars.
"Not only will we minimise the risk of making the same mistake, we will also be mindful of the losses in terms of lives and resources," he said during the Ipoh Cenotaph Annual Remembrance Day at the Ipoh Cenotaph here Friday (June 14).
The event was held to commemorate veterans who died in World Wars I and II, the Emergency and the Indonesia-Malaysia Confrontation.
It also commemorates the thousands of prisoners-of-war and civilians who sacrificed their lives working on the Thailand-Burma Death Railway from 1943 to 1945.
Some 150 people attended the event including high commissioners and diplomatic representatives, expatriate servicemen and students from secondary schools.
It was organised by the Warriors' Association Malaysia, whose current president, KS Ravinder advised the public to attend such events and talk to the veterans.
"This is the 14th year we are organising this Remembrance Day. We have war veterans from Malaysia, Australia and New Zealand who would fly and drive to Ipoh to attend the event.
"Most of the time, the event will only be attended by invited guests. Since it is always done in a public space, we hope more people would come and talk to our guests to learn about history," he said, adding that he hoped Remembrance Day will be logged on the Perak tourism calendar next year.
"I have met the state tourism committee chairman and he has promised to put our event in the state tourism calendar. Hopefully, that will garner more interest from the public," Ravinder said.