The loyalty of the nation

Parliamentarians must first be educated on the role of parliament and be capable of performing its role of building a just, progressive and successful nation. — Bernama

A CITIZEN is loyal to and proud of his nation that can protect him. But while elitist leaders often speak about loyalty to the country, I have yet to hear that the country should equally be loyal to the citizen.

I would emphasise that this loyalty of the nation to the people is fundamental and critical to the concept of nationhood. Nationhood after all refers to the status of belonging to a nation state or to a national identity. In our country, the politicians over the past decades have been so used to talking down to the citizens that they have forgotten to ensure that our national institutions are always mindful that their existence is to serve and protect the citizens. How can the nation be loyal to the citizens?

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