SEREMBAN: Malaysians should continue to lead their daily lives as model citizens and set a good example for the next generation as the nation turns 57, says Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan.
The Umno deputy president said on Tuesday (Sept 15) Malaysia Day was a reminder of how blessed we were to be living in peace and harmony in a multiracial, multiethnic and multireligious country.
"It is a reminder that our country is based on the ideals of national unity, tolerance, and mutual respect and understanding of each others’ differences," he said in his Malaysia Day message.
Mohamad said Malaysia's formation in 1963 was a testimony to the people's commitment to create a diverse and inclusive country where Malaysians could share their culture and history.
"In any nation, the people are the foundation. A country without its people is just barren land. Names and borders are simply vessels for a nation’s collective will. United we stand, divided we fall," he said.
"It makes me proud to see fellow Malaysians helping each other unconditionally despite the differences in belief, culture, and ideology during the Covid-19 pandemic.
"We must continue to show the same passion in unity," he added.
"It fills me with great joy seeing Malaysians interacting with one other, sharing moments of joy and tears with no regard for age, gender, or racial background," he said.
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