Malaysia is a nation blessed with milk and honey by God, and we are proud Malaysians.
The first principle of the Rukun Negara is “Believe in God”, which secures the freedom of faith for all religions. The respect given for this principle and with heightened tolerance between races, we all aspire to achieving greater unity for all Malaysians who are craving to live in peace and harmony, irrespective of our different roots of religion and culture.
We can recall, prior to the deadly Covid-19 pandemic, the rich and powerful disrupted the lives of poor and weak Malaysians, robbed their livelihood, sometimes, even the lives of our loved ones and promoted social distancing by using religion, race, wealth, inter alia.
The authorities too, introduced policies and enforced many laws but there was no guarantee of eliminating the disparities, the income inequality and various other forms of injustices. It has been very disheartening to see many Malaysians’ queuing for food, experiencing insufficient shelter for Covid-19 patients and inadequate public medical care in this blessed nation.
The Covid-19 pandemic, inter alia, may have disrupted our lives, may have snatched away the lives of our loved ones and may have promoted social distancing among us. The available vaccines are no cure and are no guarantee for our lives, hence, it is mandatory to sign a disclaimer before vaccinating.
Despite the various challenges, not just caused by the virus, but also by the rich and those in power, and including having to live to see three different Prime Ministers in less than 4 years, GOD did not destroy Malaysia.
As we celebrate 64 years of our nation’s Independence, we have a new Prime Minister and it is timely for us to think anew. Think of new perspectives, new ways of doing things with a new “software” for all Malaysians to EQUITABLY reap the fruits of this blessed nation.
Income inequality, health inequalities, corporate greed, discrimination, selective punishment, jealousy, hate-speeches, defrauding, rat race obsession, laziness must be eliminated.
To save Malaysia and the Rakyat, we need to reboot our lives by sharing, caring, re-evaluate our actions, embrace new ideas and new opportunities, open our mindset for adjustment and live to give.
“Remember that the happiest people are not those getting more, but those giving more.” – H. Jackson Brown Jr.
Only when we see the 20% of Malaysians cease enriching themselves from the 80% of Malaysians who are deprived for basic needs, will we see Malaysians uniting for peace and harmony.
When the rich and powerful Malaysians live to give and respect human rights of all, especially the poor and weak fellow Malaysians, and that of their religions and culture, will we see peace and harmony among Malaysians.
That will enable us to survive this pandemic and save Malaysia, thereby giving meaning to the words “Kita Jaga Kita”.
Happy Merdeka to all my beloved fellow Malaysians.
May God protect and bless you always.