PETALING JAYA - We should revisit the spirit of 1957 as we celebrate our 57th Independence, say groups.
Institute for Democracy and Economic Affairs (Ideas) chief operating officer Tricia Yeoh said the proclamation of Independence reflected upon the vision that our first Prime Minister, Tunku Abdul Rahman, had for Malaysia - a democratic state founded upon the principles of liberty and justice, and seeking to uphold peace and harmony.
"These principles seem to be lost today amid calls from individuals and (fringe) organisations seeking instead to uphold suspicion, animosity and unhealthy discord between Malaysians.
"This Merdeka, we should revisit the spirit that values basic individual freedom, justice for all Malaysians alike and ultimately the peace and goodwill shared among us. We should refute any efforts to rob us of these values," she said.
Azrul Mohd Khalib, convener of Malaysians for Malaysia, said that back in 1957, people believed in sharing the nation.
"It's been 57 years of Merdeka and 51 years of Malaysia. We need to once again believe in a shared future and a shared destiny together. Malaysia is home to ALL of us."
Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah, CEO of the Global Movement of Moderates, said we need to remind ourselves of the supremacy of the Federal Constitution and do our best to uphold it to fight the growing extremism in the country that is threatening our unity.