As we celebrate our nation’s 55th Independence Day, let us be thankful and reflective on all the blessings we have so far enjoyed. Admittedly Malaysia is not paradise, nor is it the ‘best’, nor ‘safest’, nor ‘happiest’ country in the world. That’s all very subjective. Still, there is much for us to celebrate, such as our climate, our fertile land, our abundant resources, our cultural diversity, and our wonderful people.
Indeed, with such blessed conditions, Malaysia shows much promise as a nation; but whether that ‘promise’ can be fulfilled depends on the quality of our people – the country’s social, religious, political, and economic leaders and followers. If our leaders and followers show wisdom, understanding, patience and morality in their ideology and action, then we can expect our nation to have a brighter future. On the contrary, the absence of wisdom and integrity in our people will be tragic.
Therefore, Nalanda’s message this Hari Merdeka is one calling for the cultivation of wisdom and integrity among all Malaysians. On an individual or communal basis, do no harm out of greed, anger or foolishness, to oneself and to others. Instead, in our thoughts, speech, and actions, sow the seeds of mutual respect, mutual understanding, and love for the nation.
Love for Malaysia is not only exhibited by those who display the biggest ‘Jalur Gemilang’ in their houses or offices. Love for Malaysia also means to abide by our nation’s laws, to respect our national institutions, to care for our natural environment, and to care for the common rights of all Malaysians.
Should we Malaysians love our nation, and should we cultivate and exhibit wisdom and integrity always, then perhaps, our country’s great promise can then be fulfilled.
Dirgahayu Malaysia! Selamat Hari Kemerdekaan ke-55 kepada semua rakyat Malaysia.