COME Wednesday, our nation will be celebrating National Day. Thanks to our founding fathers, we are where we are today – on the road to being a developed country. We are proud that our nation has progressed thus far. We have overcome insurmountable barriers and challenges to build up a strong nation.
Our Jalur Gemilang will be hoisted and flown proudly in houses, offices and buildings. But is flying the Jalur Gemilang the only way to show our patriotism? To me, patriotism can be demonstrated in other ways, the most important being to protect and nurture the harmony we are currently enjoying. The Government should ensure there is no derailment in this objective as, sadly, there are groups who are bent on doing this now.
Making negative comments on race relations and religion should not be the order of the day. More efforts must be taken to safeguard the peace and stability of our country. We should also show our appreciation to the armed forces and police for the peace we are enjoying. We must not take this peace for granted. We must be aware that the slightest mistake may result in bigger problems.
I will be 65 this National Day and my birthday wish is to see the continued harmony of all Malaysians and the prosperity of our country.
DATUK WEE BENG GEE
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