PUTRAJAYA, March 18 2017 : The cries of “Negaraku” reverberated in the excitement of a heightened display of patriotism by thousands of Malaysians at the federal administrative capital today.
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak when launching the “Ekspresi Negaraku” (Negaraku Expression) programme at Dataran Putrajaya, here, spurred on the patriotic spirit with the cry of “Negaraku” three times followed by “Malaysia, Malaysia, Malaysia”.
In his speech filled with the word, patriotism, Najib said the Negaraku Expression was for Malaysians to demonstrate their feelings and expression for the country.
“Patriotism is the foundation and main element for a strong identity which we need to foster if we want to be a nation that is peaceful, harmonious and united,” he said.
Najib stressed the importance of identity, the pillar for a peaceful, harmonious and united country.
“This is the country of our birth, the place where we toddled when we were small, were schooled and grew up in, earn a living as adults and when the time comes, we will be laid to rest here, where we were born,” he said.
Citing a number of good and bad incidents that occurred in the country, Najib said as citizens who loved Malaysia, all must continue to defend the country from internal and external threats.
One example of a bad incident the prime minister gave was the infiltration by militants from southern Philippines in Lahad Datu and Semporna, Sabah on March 3, 2013 which took the lives of members of the Royal Malaysian Police (PDRM).
Recalling the incident, he said when a team from the Malaysian security forces tried to enter a house in Kampung Sri Jaya, Semporna to arrest the terrorists involved, they were ambushed due to the action of a police corporal who divulged information on the operation.
“In that incident, six patriotic members of PDRM including two officers were killed in the most cruel manner. What saddened me and other Malaysians was that they were killed because of an enemy within,” he said.
Najib said he could not forget this sad incident which happened because of an unpatriotic citizen who was willing to be in cahoots with the enemy. – Bernama