Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Have a meaningful Hari Malaysia - Wednesday in The STAR

Make Malaysia GREAT:
Let’s commit to live and work together.

Salam Sejahtera. This is a call to action! You and I have a crucial role to play to Make Malaysia GREAT. We need to translate Tunku’s advice and caution into government policies and citizen action. We need to commit to live and work together.

1.    What is commitment?

Commitment is belief followed by action. Commitment is about making things happen. Even when we have to force ourselves towards a goal, we do it. We fight the enemy within. When we commit, we are willing to suffer first. We breathe the mantra ‘where there is a will, there is a way’. A committed person truly uses God’s unique gift to mankind; the only real difference between the rest of creation and us – our WILLPOWER. 

2.    What does it take to commit to live and work together?

Place Malaysia’s goals as more important than our own selfish ones be they ethnic, religious or locality. Have strong convictions that we are neither superior nor inferior to the other. Pledge to the goal of Unity and embrace diversity. Look for shared values that can unite us. Work hard to accept areas that we cannot agree with or at the least, tolerate with kindness. Do not avoid, ignore, or block out the others. Commit to find ways to interact, to live and to work with each other, no matter what.

3.    Where do we begin?

The two key ingredients are – increase knowledge and personal acquaintances. Little knowledge translates into less favorable views and prejudices. More knowledge transforms prejudices into goodwill and acts as a catalyst for positivity. As the saying goes, ‘tak kenal maka tak cinta’. Read and educate ourselves and the nation.

Having personal acquaintances is essential because when we know someone personally from other communities, we are not easily fooled by bigotry and racist accusations. Personal acquaintances and friendships act as antibodies to racism, sectarianism and religious intolerance.
Let us create more platforms for Malaysians to get to know and be acquainted with each other so we can Make Malaysia GREAT.

At zubedy, our programs draw strength from our 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.

You and I, we must commit to Make Malaysia GREAT.

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Have a meaningful Hari Malaysia.

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