PUTRAJAYA: Everybody can be patriotic in many ways, it does not just mean taking up arms and heading to the frontline to fight for the country.
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak has pointed out that patriotism can be shown when a citizen is responsible and committed towards their duties.
“Civil servants can be patriotic when they work hard to serve the people.
“Teachers or educationists can be a patriot by teaching the younger generation with love and dedication.
“A mother can be a patriot by loving her family and children unconditionally.
“When you have this sense of responsibility, you will have the fighting spirit and love for the country,” Najib said at the Ekspresi Negaraku event at Dataran Putrajaya today.
Also present at the event were Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, Chief Secretary to the Government Tan Sri Ali Hamsa, Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Salleh Said Keruak and the Prime Minister’s wife, Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor.
Ekspresi Negaraku is the first platform to mobilise the Negaraku initiative implemented nationwide to allow Malaysians to show their spirit of patriotism and love for the country.
Najib also urged Malaysians to fly the Jalur Gemilang every day, not just on Merdeka Day.
“We don’t want to fly the Malaysia flag (only) when there is a special occasion such as National Day, we should fly the flag 365 days in a year so that we can understand and appreciate the meaning of patriotism,” he said.
The Ekspresi Negaraku event today features interesting and interactive activities that are suitable for families from all walks of life including the Negaraku Flag Run and Senamrobik Negaraku.
There is a session called Zon Kebanggaan dan Kecintaan, which shows the stories of individuals who have contributed to the country.
The Zon Aspirasi gives an opportunity to Malaysians to share their hopes and aspiration on the future of the country.
There will also be special appearance by popular local artistes to entertain visitors including Amy Search, Ella, Bunkface and others tonight.
The programme ends at 11pm.