Friday, February 07, 2014

Tribute to Tunku Abdul Rahman on his 111th birthda

 Bapa Merdeka and the Prince of Peace

It is indeed very depressing to read of the many racist activities going on in our country today. Not a day passes without some untoward racist incidents taking place or some racist words uttered somewhere in the country. A nation that used to be a  model for excellent race relations seem to be turning into one where racism is becoming rampant and openly practiced as though it is a legitimate right of the perpetrators. To make matters worse no action appears to be forthcoming from the authorities to stop this dangerous disease that may soon destroy everything the people of the various races and creed have toiled to build over the last 60 years, the most important being goodwill and brotherhood.

The Tunku might have gained the independence for the country from the British colonialists nearly 60 years ago but the people are still struggling for real independence in their land as true independence of their minds,hearts and soul is yet to be realised.There genuine fears today whether they will ever realise the ideals of their Father of Independence.

At a time of great racial tension in our country today, it is refreshing to recall some thoughts of our first Prime Minister Tunku Abdul Rahman. He may be the Father of Independence but he was also the Prince of Peace for all Malaysians at that time. He may not have been the most brilliant or the most capable administrator or an economic wizard but he was good human and a leader who had a heart for all regardless of race or creed. It was this quality that made him great in the eyes of the people who loved him so much. It may be 24 years after he died but the people of all races still remember and cherish the fond memories of this great man especially on Merdeka Day. 

His love and goodwill towards all citizens regardless of race or creed was the most important legacy that he has left behind for us. As we mark his 111th birthday this 8 February 2014, let us pledge to foster and promote greater mutual tolerance, goodwill and peace among all our fellow Malaysians to build a nation of which our Bapa Kemerdekaan will be proud.

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