KUALA KANGSAR: MALAYSIANS need people who embrace patriotism from the heart, Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said.
He said this was vital not only during national celebrations, but also during challenging times and national tragedies.
“We should come together during trying events in our country, such as the Lahad Datu intrusion.
“The incident made us love our country even more. Even the opposition has to admit this. This is a spirit that we want,” he said at the Ekspresi Negaraku Programme at Dataran Pavilion here yesterday.
Present were Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Salleh Said Keruak and Perak Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Zambry Abd Kadir.
Zahid said: “Other than Lahad Datu, we should look at the North Korea diplomatic crisis and the incident that took place at Kuala Lumpur International Airport. As Malaysians, we need to stick together.
“We should share the joy of our Paralympic athletes and students, who gained world recognition with their research. We should celebrate their achievements together.
“We should embrace the spirit of togetherness even if we have different political affiliations, religion, race and culture.
“We should put that aside and continue to support efforts by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak to place Malaysia as one of the top 20 countries in the world by 2050.”
On the National Transformation 2050 (TN50), Zahid who is also Bagan Datuk member of parliament, said high commitment from all quarters, including grassroots and political party leaders, was crucial to achieve its goal.
“In 33 years, the plan can only be achieved if we gain commitment from all quarters. Whatever the prime minister is doing now, is for the sake of the future generation, our children.”
Zahid said the future generation should not forget the sacrifice of past leaders, who ensured that Malaysians could live peacefully today.