Nansian: Appreciate our freedom
Posted on August 5, 2012, Sunday
BAU: It is important to fly the Jalur Gemilang during Merdeka month to remind the younger generation how the nation achieved independence, said Assistant Minister of Community Services Datuk Peter Nansian yesterday.
He added that members of the public should raise the Malaysian flag at their homes, business premises, offices and vehicles to help enhance the spirit of patriotism, especially among the post-Merdeka generations.
“It is very important to uphold the spirit of patriotism and appreciate the freedom that we enjoy today. The new generations might have forgotten or have not realised the hardship faced by the whole nation to achieve independence and freedom.
“Most of the youths today have taken for granted the peace and prosperity that we are enjoying. The comfort they are benefiting from might have made most forget (the hardship). Now is the time for us to enhance the understanding of Merdeka.
“It is very important for youths to understand the real meaning of independence and the importance of upholding the pride and respect for the Malaysian flag,” said Nansian, who is also Tasik Biru assemblyman, at the Bau district-leg of the Information Department’s ‘Adventure Convoy 2012’ which was organised in conjunction
with Merdeka and Ramadan (fasting) month.
Also present to launch the convoy at Kampung Sibuluh near here were Mas Gading MP Datuk Dr Tiki Lafe, Bau Information Department officer Peter Ahcame, Bau District Officer Simon Japut and village head Jaem Nyobek.
Nansian also advised the community not to be easily influenced by irresponsible groups who were only interested in disrupting the peace and harmony prevailing in the country.
“Malaysia is among the most peaceful nations in the Asia Pacific region. Malaysia is even ranked above the likes of Japan, Australia and New Zealand. It is important for us to appreciate and realise the benefits of maintaining unity, peace and prosperity of the nation as we head towards achieving Vision 2020.”
In his speech, Dr Tiki, who is also National Service Training Council (MLKN) chairman, said the youths of today must know the meaning of the Malaysian flag, the national pillar (rukunegara) and the national blazon.
“We must respect and have pride for our national anthem and our jalur gemilang. Programmes such as the one today (yesterday) will remind the people of our history while upholding the pride and spirit of patriotism among the people.
“This programme would enable the youths to learn and not take for granted the peace and prosperity achieved by the nation today.”
At the event, both Nansian and Dr Tiki presented food rations to deserving individuals. They also distributed flags to the community leaders present.
After Bau, the convoy will head off to Sematan, some 75km from here.