Thursday, September 13, 2012

Have a Meaningful Hari Malaysia - tomorrow in The STAR

Azmi Khalid (1949 – 1992); 
an unsung hero in our land, with quiet courage and sincere purpose, who strived to make Malaysia a better place. 

Choose the middle path:  Leadership that is firm, gentle, and berbudi bahasa.

We have been blessed with good leaders since Merdeka 1957 and the formation of Malaysia in 1963. Our leaders have been firm, gentle, and berbudi bahasa.

As our nation moves into the future, we will experience changes and face new challenges. We will need to interact with new situations. Our leadership beliefs will be tested. It is important that when we deal with these, we do not forget the importance of a well-balanced leadership. We cannot compromise the firmness to make things happen, the gentleness to cushion the pain, and our budi bahasa to keep our nation grounded.

Azmi Khalid was an embodiment of a well-balanced leadership. Passionate in fighting for his cause, cultured in his manners, firm with his goal, yet gentle in his methods.

Let us develop leaders;

Who do not claim that God is on their side, but are always on God’s side.

Who respect and uphold the Constitution; able to breathe new spirit through it without compromising its essence.

Who know how to balance between profit and the need for social responsibility.

Who do not compromise the future for short-term gains; the means to achieve the end.

Who can stretch our limits, but won’t kill us in the process.

Who can reflect and practice the power of doubt.

Who are able to define reality and do a genuine situation analysis, and not one who syok sendiri.
Who see wrong as wrong, and right as right, regardless of who does it.

Whose visions do not outpace our capacity to take action.

Leaders set the tone of a country, an organization, and a family. It is vital that we agree on what is good leadership. The young generation models the leaders and emulates what the leaders do or say. Transference then takes place and the chain reaction is reinforced. If our leaders portray unfavorable leadership conducts, their followers will act accordingly.

Let us continue our leadership heritage of being firm, gentle, and berbudi bahasa. And as we ask our leaders to be of the best example, we too must expect the same from ourselves.

At zubedy, our programs draw strength from shared values and traditions. We believe that at heart, all Malaysians want good things for themselves and for their brother and sister Malaysians, simply because our nation cannot prosper as a whole if some of us are left behind.

Let us be first and foremost Malaysians.

Let us add value,
Have A Meaningful Hari Malaysia.

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