UUM Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Dato' Seri Dr. Mohamed Mustafa Ishak urged all members of UUM community to bring forth and perform acts that promote unity and harmony to preserve and maintain peace and security.
He added that, while many other countries are affected by war, oppression and poverty, the people of this country live together in peace and harmony.
"Malaysia remains and survived as a sovereign nation despite the many trials and tribulations faced by the country since the last 58 years. Therefore, we should all be grateful and thankful for the blessings we have today," he said in his speech during the Malaysia Day Celebration held at Mu’adzam Shah Hall recently.
He stated that the future of this country lies with the students and the generation of young people that will inherit this country from the previous generation. He urged all students to intensify their quest for knowledge and contribute towards the country’s well-being and success. Younger generation must remember and honour our freedom fighters who gave their lives to free this country from the colonial rule by commemorating their immense sacrifice to the nation.
The Malaysia Day Celebration began with a marching parade performed by the Reserve Officers Training Unit (PALAPES) carrying the flags of Malaysian states, followed by the recitation of Merdeka poems by the students of the Co-Curriculum Centre UUM. The ceremony was attended by the staff and students of UUM.
A forum on independence was conducted by the Director of the Institute of Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad’s Thoughts (IPDM), Prof. Dato' Dr. Abdul Rahman Abdul Aziz.
The forum featured three academicians: Prof. Datuk Dr. Zainal Kling from the School of Government UUM COLGIS; Prof. Dato' Dr. Teo Kok Siong, the Head of the History, Heritage and Socio-cultural Cluster Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) and Prof. Dr. Suresh Kumar A/L P Govind, a Professor at the Department of Parasitology, Faculty of Medicine, Universiti Malaya (UM) and the President of the Sathya Sai Baba Central Council of Malaysia.
Also present were the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Student Affairs and Alumni), Assoc. Prof. Dr. Abdul Malek Abdul Karim who is also the Chairman of the Malaysia Day celebration, members of the University Management Committee and university officers.
The Undergraduate Police Volunteer Corps (SUKSIS) and PALAPES put up a scintillating performance of patriotic songs during the event.
This event was followed by a Tahlil recitation ceremony at Sultan Badlishah Mosque UUM.
Translated by Nur Ida Faradilla binti Aziz
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