Reflecting back upon the ideas that inspired the establishment of Malaysia, we cannot help but be impressed by the futuristic thinking and dedicated efforts evinced by the early stewards of our nation in creating synergies in the region. Therefore, the concept of Malaysia, the original purpose of which was to curb the influence of leftist ideology, create balance in the population, and hasten the independence of Singapore, North Borneo (Sabah), Sarawak, and Brunei, as well as to invigorate economic development, can be seen as having been tremendously significant to the creation of a myriad of mutually enriching benefits. In the end, however, destiny determined that only the Malay Peninsula, Sabah, and Sarawak should remain together as one, under the colours of one unifying flag – Stripes of Glory (Jalur Gemilang).
In the context of Malaysia today, every citizen has to be aware that we are in the era of globalisation, an era which makes it well-nigh impossible for us to prevent various external influences from seeping into our society. As such, Malaysia greatly needs economic strength, the continuance of political stability, and the steadfast unity of the people to ensure the prosperity and wellbeing of its entire populace. By right, the self-interest of every individual and ethnic community, or every professed ideology, should be channelled to fit the contours of the much bigger mould of Malaysia. The spirit that gives meaning to “Of one heart and one soul” (Sehatisejiwa) needs to permeate the soul of every Malaysian because it cannot be gainsaid that united we stand, divided we fall.
Lastly, I hope that the commemoration of Malaysia Day this year, and the years ahead, will always remind us of our responsibility, not only towards ourselves now, but also towards the wellbeing of the generations to come, the heirs of a sovereign nation - Malaysia. Therefore, let us, the denizens of Universiti Utara Malaysia, redouble our efforts towards enhancing national competitiveness through creativity and innovation with heavy emphasis on national unity, peace, stability, and harmony. May our beloved nation continue to advance and grow in strength at the global level.
HAPPY MALAYSIA DAY 2015
Wabillahi Taufiq Walhidayah Wassalamualaikum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuh.
Professor Dato' Seri Dr. Mohamed Mustafa Ishak
Universiti Utara Malaysia
Translated by Ravi Rao
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