Random Links 166 (Malaysia)

 Malaysia neither secular nor theocratic state, says Abdullah

Now let’s explore these two terms “parliamentary democracy” and “constitutional democracy” 🙂

 PM: Malaysia is neither a secular nor theocratic state

This caught my attention, I wonder what is the aid and how we can access it as religious organizations:

 “Be it a surau, masjid, temple or church, when there is a need for it, the Government gives the necessary aid,”

I had an immediate thought but that’s not the only thought 🙂

Challenges and prospects for nation-building: A lesson for the young and bright

Raja Dr. Nazrin Shah does it again … Good suggestions:

“What can you do to help promote national unity? I’m going to assume you are still at an age when you are still idealistic — that you wish to improve the human condition. That you are patriotic. That you believe in friendship and peace. That you would rather build than destroy. You are in the best position to tenaciously forge this nation. Let me suggest a few ways how you can contribute towards Malaysia’s continued success at nation-building.

First, get a copy of the Federal Constitution and familiarise yourselves with it. The constitution is the supreme law of the land. It guarantees the rights of every Malaysian. As such, the integrity of that document must be protected.

Second, study the nation’s history, particularly the lives and works of past leaders who have sacrificed so much for this country. One such leader is Tun Dr Ismail. He was an exemplary Malaysian. He envisaged a Malaysia for all without colour lines, without ethnic borders and without any one group feeling a sense of inferiority. He recognised the importance of open-mindedness in addressing day-to-day issues and problems; the importance of listening and learning from others, particularly from those who are more advanced. He strongly believed in the principle of life-long learning, visiting other lands and adopting best practices without losing our core values and our identity as a nation. He had the interest of the nation at heart and went beyond the call of duty in the service of his nation. He put his country above himself and served till the very last day of his life. The leadership, sincerity, sacrifices and integrity of Tun Dr Ismail and other leaders of his generation should serve to inspire the next generation of leaders.

Third, you must take personal ownership over the wellbeing of the country. Do not succumb to indifference and apathy. Hold on to your ideals.  Do not give way to cynicism and opportunism. Believe that you can make a difference. Channel your energies in a constructive manner to bring about positive changes around you.

Fourth, participate actively in community service that is geared towards promoting interaction between communities. Volunteer your spare time and energy to work with Malaysians from other walks of life and ethnic groups.

Fifth, be prepared to serve your country to the best of your ability. All of you represent the valuable future human capital this country needs. The outside world knows the value of our best brains, which is why they set out to attract our people, creating a brain drain for us. Do not exacerbate the problem of the brain drain. Also, do not be averse to building a career in public service. I believe all of us have some innate desire to serve. Always think nation first.”

 Don’t take citizens’ loyalty for granted, Raja Nazrin to leaders

It’s refreshing when royalty in Malaysia like Raja Nazrin is speaking with a more intelligent and integrated model of viewing the issues facing our country than what we read coming from some government officials. I wonder what could be possible when those in the palaces and those on the streets begin to speak with one voice for the good of ALL?

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