History is witness to the bitter trials that our leaders and national fighters had to undergo in building a nation of the people. Their evident perseverance, determination, and adherence to consensus decision making are features of their highly commendable service that should be fittingly appreciated. History has borne witness, too, to their tireless efforts in building synergy that has clearly given a positive impact because, as our collective experience reveals, after five decades of moving forward in solidarity, we have shown that we are capable of prudently running a nation, cast in a mould of our own making, to achieve advancement on a variety of fronts.
We should be keenly aware of the fact that, as Malaysians, we have been entrusted with the progress and wellbeing of a nation that is sovereign and independent. Our responsibility, therefore, as Malaysians is an exacting one. Every individual must express loyalty not only through what they say, but also through what they do. In fact, a high degree of tolerance is demanded of everyone. At the same time, we need to be vigilant against a whole host of insidious elements because they are capable of undermining our precious unity and national security. We should imbibe wisdom from the bitter annals of unfortunate nations that have succumbed to the machinations of such treacherous groups, groups which can turn a prosperous nation into a forlorn wasteland.
Lastly, let us, the denizens of Universiti Utara Malaysia, be prepared to face the whole gamut of possibilities that may arise from the deceitful stratagems of these agents of destruction. One of the efforts in our plan of campaign can be to focus on the younger generation, who will become the leaders of tomorrow. Let us return to the basics, that is, to the full appreciation of the National Principles (Rukun Negara) in preserving the peace and harmony that exist in our nation.
HAPPY MALAYSIA DAY 2016!
Wabillahi Taufiq Walhidayah Wassalamualaikum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuh.
Professor Dato' Seri Dr. Mohamed Mustafa Ishak
Universiti Utara Malaysia
CORPORATE COMMUNICATION UNIT
UNIVERSITI UTARA MALAYSIA
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