We must continue the work of founding fathers
I refer to the report “Najib: Don’t use contentious issues to gain support”(Star,August 29).
Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak’s call to politicians not to sow hatred and suspicion by bringing up contentious issues just to gain support is very timely and gratifying. Not only politicians but all Malaysians should heed his call to refrain from resorting to such degrading and unscrupulous tactics. Politicians from all parties should take the lead and set an example for the people in staying clear of racial politics that would only be detrimental to all.
We are celebrating our 50th year of independence and apart from the economic and physical developments, our greatest achievement is unity among the various races that have made this country their home. All these we have been a model nation for the world as far as ideal inter-ethnic relations are concerned. We should continue to strive to maintain this hard earned reputation of our forefathers and not allow myopic short- term policies to disrupt the peace and harmony we have achieved so far.
We have fought the external forces, the colonialists and the communists, before with a true spirit of comradeship and patriotism.Now as Malaysians we must unite to fight the enemies from within – those out to divide the nation along communal lines by repeatedly resurrecting issues that have already been long settled. They keep doing these for their own selfish gains,both political and monetary.
As Najib said these people are doing disservice to the spirit of the nation and memories of the founding fathers by harping on what kept them apart and not what kept them together for half a century.
Our founding forefathers, having realized the diversity of the people, had carefully formulated the Constitution as the reference for continuing peace and harmony of future generations. The formula of patriotism and unity has all been incorporated in that document. It is important that we realize their ideals and visions contained therein and act accordingly to preserve and cherish them.
It is equally important for us to pass these ideals to our children so that the fundamentals on which our nation was built will continue to be upheld. There is no better way of honouring our founding fathers other than continuing their work during our lifetime and this should be our solemn pledge for this merdeka.