In his National Day message, Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah says all Malaysians must preserve, protect and nurture national harmony.
KUALA LUMPUR: Social solidarity, national integration and racial unity are essential to ensure national harmony, prosperity and well-being, Yang di-Pertuan Agong Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah said.
In fact, the King said they were also integral to gain strength to face any challenges ahead, in accordance with this year’s National Day theme of “Keluarga Malaysia Teguh Bersama”.
“In that regard, His Majesty said it was a shared responsibility of all of us to not only preserve and protect the national harmony that we have enjoyed so far but also to nurture it among ourselves as a Malaysian family.
“His Majesty is of the view that if the people stay united and play their roles, then we will be able to curb those groups or extremists who sow seeds of divisiveness and fan the flames of racism to cause disharmony in the country for personal gain,” Comptroller of the Royal Household of Istana Negara Ahmad Fadil Shamsuddin said in a statement today.
He said the King also reminded the people to be aware of wolves in sheep’s clothing who were also capable of causing disunity among the people and threaten the country’s stability through lies and seditious remarks which contravened the principles of Rukun Negara, the ultimate key to racial harmony and unity.
The King also called on the people to remember the history of more than six decades ago when the spirit of patriotism and love for the country succeeded in uniting the people. They were determined and committed in their fight against colonialism and to achieve independence for the country.
Fadil said Sultan Abdullah also encouraged the people to commemorate and appreciate the deeds and contributions of patriots and freedom fighters, as well as security forces who freed the country from the grip of colonialism and foreign enemies.
“Hence, His Majesty also expressed the view that if the spirit of the struggle over six decades ago could be inculcated and nurtured among today’s generation, the people will be able to observe and appreciate the spirit of patriotism and racial unity,” he said.
While wishing Happy National Day to all Malaysians, Sultan Abdullah also expressed gratitude for the unity and harmony of the people and expressed hope that the strong foundations in maintaining stability, peace and prosperity in the country would continue.
Sultan Abdullah and Raja Permaisuri Agong Tunku Azizah Aminah Maimunah Iskandariah also prayed for Malaysia to continue to be in the mercy and protection of Allah and blessed with sustenance, prosperity, well-being and lasting peace and unity.