THE ongoing US-led attacks on Iraq has clearly divided the world’s population. In the meantime, millions of civilians are threatened as they flee or take shelter not knowing what comes next.
As Malaysians join the millions around the globe in expressing their disapproval of the military aggression on Iraq, perhaps it is also appropriate that we take stock of our blessings.
Thousands of Malaysians who belong to the post-independence era have never seen hardships, battles and the anguish of civil strife.
We owe this fortune to the wise government and its leaders these last four over decades.
It is important that as we show our concerns and pray for world peace, we should also learn to cherish the racial harmony and tolerance that exist among us here.
Perhaps it is also timely that we re-commit ourselves to nation building, irrespective of our beliefs and roots.
Civil servants, in being thankful for a nation blessed with peace, should wake up to the leadership’s call for productivity and cooperation.
The private sector, in pursuing profits, must never lose focus of its role in nation building.
Religious leaders must work hard in bringing about better understanding and appreciation of each other’s faith and flock.
All of us should learn from the mistakes of weak and powerful nations and work towards preserving and cherishing our own national unity and sound government.
We may have our differences. We may want to associate ourselves with different political parties. We may profess different faiths. Our roots may be different.
But we are Malaysians and Malaysia is our home. Let us reflect, pray and resolve to keep our blessings intact in the face of a troubled world.
God willing, Malaysia will continue to grow into a global inspiration, if not in our time, at least in the very near future.
J.D. LOVRENCIEAR Semenyih
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