Tomorrow on 31 August, we celebrate Malaysia’s 63rd anniversary of Independence, known as ‘Merdeka Day’. The word ‘Merdeka’ is derived from the Pāli word ‘maha-iddhika’ meaning ‘possessing great power’. It refers to the power given to Malaysians, having gained autonomy from colonial rule, to progress the nation through self-determination.
This year is particularly challenging as we face a global pandemic affecting everyone regardless of race, religion or socio-economic status. Amidst uncertainties, Malaysian citizens have resiliently adhered to the necessary constraints and stepped up to their role to indiscriminately protect our loved ones and the community at large.
Our deep gratitude goes out to all health workers and front-liners whose untiring efforts and sacrifices have saved many who are known and unknown to them. We also bear gratitude for the sacrifices of our forefathers and elders who endeavoured through much hardship to hand us this inheritance that is Malaysia.
To move forward, our beloved nation needs us to put aside our differences and unite to persevere and flourish through these trying times, just as a lotus blossoms from murky waters. Let us strengthen our will to progress in concord towards a brighter future for all Malaysians. Dirgahayu Negaraku!