We can sing this song anywhere, anytime but have we ever explored the real meaning of the words?
The National Anthem is a song that’s being taught and will be taught to every one of us – to be accurate 24, 385,858 (as at 24th August 2006) citizens of this country.
How many of us are living by it?
Even if they are, are they practicing it?
OH MY MOTHER LAND
THE LAND WHERE MY LIFE BEGAN
WHERE PEOPLE LIVE IN HARMONY & PROSPERITY
WITH GOD-GIVEN BLESSING & HAPPINESS
OUR KING REIGN IN PEACE
I attended an International Public Relations Festival in New Delhi, India in December 2005. I and my colleague from the Institute of Public Relations of Malaysia Mr. Thomas Samuel represented the Association and the Country at this festival.
25 countries and more than 500 Public Relations Practitioners attended this Festival and I was given an honor to present a paper title ‘Public Relations in a Plural Society’.
In that paper, I clearly mentioned that there are 2 unifying factors or shall I say the foundation for the unity in Malaysia and that they are:
It was after that, every one else in Malaysia was talking about Rukun Negara. I am not claiming that I am responsible for the government to implement the campaigns to instill the values of RUKUN NEGARA. But, I am glad that my thoughts were along the same line. Infact, my colleague Mr. Thomas Samuel on numerous occasion has mentioned to me that, I said the right thing at the right time.
The privilege which was accorded to me to represent the paper in that august audience is infact a honor not only for me but for all MALAYSIAN INDIANS.
MY Views.. Let’s go back to the basics, lets not just only sing the National Anthem and read Rukun Negara, but, lets lead a life by practicing it.