DPM: Sincere friendships lead to unity

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

JOHOR BARU: Students are urged to strike up meaningful friendships with each other without regard for race and religion to better understand the different cultures and beliefs in the country.

Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said unity was the biggest challenge for a country with different races.

“The differences do not mean weakness but strength.

“I hope students will appreciate the unity that we have been enjoying all these years and continue to build on this strength to enable us to overcome any challenges as a nation,” Muhyiddin said, urging students to unite under the 1Malaysia concept.

He was speaking to more than 3,096 participants, mainly students leaders including school prefects and club and association leaders, during the annual Student Integration Plan for Unit y here yesterday.

Muhyiddin reminded the students that the country’s founding fathers realised that unity was the foundation to create a peaceful, developed and united country.

“That is why leaders such as Tunku Abdul Rahman, Tun Abdul Razak, Tun Tan Cheng Lock and Tun Sambanthan forged an alliance among the different races.”

He added that an understanding of unity and loyalty and love for the country needed to be nurtured from a young age.

During the four-day event, participants would carry out various activities including team-building; community service, a walk down memory lane on nation building and go on excursions to promote unity among students. - The Star.


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