IPOH: The country’s leaders should set the best example to promote mutual understanding and respect among the people, says Sultan Nazrin Muizzuddin Shah.
The Sultan of Perak said mutual understanding and respect between races and religions played a key role in ensuring peace and harmony in a country.
“Leaders, through words or actions, must set the best example to cultivate the spirit of mutual understanding and respect, so that the people can live in a harmonious, peaceful and prosperous country, ” he said during the Hari Raya Haji and Warriors’ Day celebration at the Syed Putra army camp in Jalan Tambun here yesterday.
“A country’s defence will become fragile if its people fail to maintain a harmonious relationship.
“It will become strong when the people have successfully found their meeting point and appreciate the spirit of unity in diversity, ” he said.
Sultan Nazrin said the country had been defended by the army and police forces whose members consisted of citizens of various races and religions.
He paid tribute to several former army and police personnel who had fallen in the line of duty.
They included the late Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Abdul Rahman Hashim and Perak police chief Deputy Comm Tan Sri Khoo Chong Kong, who were killed while on their way to work on June 7,1974 and on Nov 13,1975, respectively.
“Kapt V. Mohana Chandran, while only 24 years old, was prepared to accept the responsibility of leading 23 army rangers to fight the communists in the Ulu Kinta Forest Reserves. He was killed on June 13,1971, ” he said.
Sultan Nazrin also paid tribute to several army and police personnel who had been bestowed the top two awards for bravery – Seri Pahlawan Gagah Perkasa and Panglima Gagah Berani.
They included the first recipient of the Seri Pahlawan Gagah Perkasa award, Special Constable R. Veloo, in 1963 and Lt Abdul Rahman Khamis, who was the first recipient of the Panglima Gagah Berani award.
“The names of the recipients have proven that the duty to defend and ensure the safety of the country is held by people of various races and religions.
“They come from various states and regions and they are patriotic Malaysians, ” he said.
Sultan Nazrin said the people must appreciate and commemorate the services and sacrifices of the defence and security forces, especially those who were killed in the line of duty.
“They carried a heavy responsibility to safeguard the country from enemy attacks and ensure the country is peaceful.
“Lt Adnan Saidi, who, together with 42 soldiers of the Malay Regiment, fought to the last drop of their blood while battling the Japanese army at Bukit Candu on Feb 14,1942, ” he said.
“Sjn Jamil Mohd Shah and 25 of his men defended the Bukit Kepong police station from communists on Feb 23,1950.
“Both incidents proved the level of sacrifice, bravery, tenacity and perseverance of the army and police in fulfilling their duties and they’d rather die than to bear the shame, ” he said.
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