PUTRAJAYA – The differences that exist among the people in the country should not be a reason not to be united, said Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Dr Salleh Said Keruak.
He said the people need to set aside their differences or negative beliefs for the sake of national harmony.
“We may have differences but we must be united to ensure the stability of the nation.
“Whatever our differences, whether political, religious and racial..this is our country and we must remain united,” he told reporters after attending the launch of the ‘Ekspresi Negaraku’ programme at Dataran Putrajaya here today.
The programme which was launched by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak was also attended by Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor, Deputy Prime Minister Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi and Cabinet ministers.
About 10,000 visitors thronged Dataran Putrajaya here as early as 7am to take part in the various activities organised to inspire patriotism in the people.
The activities included a national flag run, aerobics and Expresi Negaraku concert.
Salleh said all Malaysians were duty bound to protect and defend the country.
“I also want to stress that all these must be jointly spurred. Our success now belongs to 31 million people in this country,” he said.
Salleh also urged Malaysians to become active citizens in the quest to bring the success of the country to a higher level.
“We should not merely be a ‘passenger’ in the country; on the other hand we should be active participants in charting the direction of the country,” he said.
On the selection of the programme location, Salleh said Putrajaya was chosen to acknowledge the important role played by civil servants in ensuring the realisation of the government’s aspirations.
He also hinted that the programme might be expanded to other states to enable all Malaysians particularly the younger generation to express their love for the country.
Meanwhile, Chief Secretary to the Government Tan Sri Ali Hamsa said Ekspresi Negaraku would strengthen civil servants’ earnestness in helping the government deliver its promises to the people.
“The spirit of patriotism and self identity is very high in our civil servants. They are ever ready to serve the country,” he told reporters when met. – BERNAMA