PETALING JAYA: Communications and Multimedia Minister Salleh Said Keruak says the government’s “Negaraku” initiative will encourage Malaysians to embrace their differences and inspire positivity and pride in the country.
Salleh said the initiative, announced earlier this week, would involve Malaysians from all levels of society.
Citing the words of the country’s first prime minister, Tunku Abdul Rahman, Salleh urged the people to build on the nation’s fundamental strength of unity.
“The spirit of ‘Negaraku’ can only truly materialise by carrying the voices of Malaysians from all walks of life, regardless of race and ideology,” he said in a statement published on his blog.
He also called on Malaysians to continue driving the nation to greater heights, adding that Malaysia had made tremendous progress and was on par with the world’s giants in many aspects.
However, Salleh cautioned against “those who have ill intentions”, saying the people must remain united against such quarters.
“Unfortunately, this negativity has in some way threatened the loyalty and pride of some for our country.
“It is our responsibility to rally together and celebrate our love for Malaysia. Never let it fade but let it inspire us to nourish our nation’s glory,” he said.
Earlier this week, Prime Minister Najib Razak said the government would launch the “Negaraku” initiative to mark the country’s 60th Merdeka celebration and enhance the spirit of patriotism among the people.
“Therefore, let us come together to galvanize the spirit of ‘Negaraku’ even further and drive our nation to greater heights. My Country, My Nation, Negaraku,” Salleh said.