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SPEECH BY H.E. DATO’ KENNEDY JAWAN IN CONJUNCTION WITH MALAYSIA DAY 2020 - 17 SEPTEMBER 2020

SPEECH BY

H.E. DATO’ KENNEDY JAWAN

AMBASSADOR OF MALAYSIA TO JAPAN

IN CONJUNCTION WITH MALAYSIA DAY 2020

EMBASSY OF MALAYSIA

17 SEPTEMBER 2020

 

Distinguished guests and fellow Malaysians,

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Good Evening.

 

16 of September is a historic day for Malaysians as we celebrate the formation of Malaysia as citizens of an independent, sovereign, democratic, peaceful and harmonious nation. It was 57 years ago that our nation was formed as Malaysia, with the merging of Malaya, Sabah, Sarawak and Singapore (left in 1965) through the Malaysia Agreement 1963.

 

Since 1963, our journey has been indeed colourful. We progressed as nation, weathering the different eras of challenges and development. Once an agricultural nation, we are now moving towards to become a high income and industrialized nation. This would not have been made possible without national unity that stems from the rakyat.

 

National unity is central to any multiracial country. We pride ourselves over our unity in diversity for a reason – because it has brought us to where we are today.

 

The sound judgment of our founding fathers coupled with the support of the rakyat, at the outset of independence to now, has led us to evolve from tolerance to acceptance to celebrating diversity as a source of national strength instead of a cause of conflict. Without national unity and harmony, racial warfare, chaos, bloodshed and perhaps even genocide could be the end-result in a melting pot.

 

As such, I am an ardent believer that it is the duty of every citizen and stakeholder in Malaysia to strengthen national unity. The government cannot do it alone. It is never an easy task but it is not impossible.

 

Ladies and Gentlemen,

 

In order for us to move forward as a nation, we must not ignore the depth of the history of what makes Malaysia, and what makes us Malaysians. Our history is the first thing that binds us together and this togetherness should never be undermined at any cost. We have come a long way since professions and locations were used to identify the different ethnicities in Malaysia.

 

I am sure you can remember how history taught us the “pecah dan perintah” or divide and conquer rule that was used by the British to maintain their control in Malaya and Borneo. It created an ethnically, occupationally, and socially segmented society then, which eased the British’s management over our labour at the time. Our colonizers knew that keeping us apart was one way to deny our nation of her potential to come together.

 

Hence, the coming together of Malaya, Sabah and Sarawak must not be understated but be etched in the hearts and minds of every Malaysian, as a crucial period in our history that we must embrace and uphold as proud Malaysians.

 

Ladies and Gentlemen,

 

As we are all aware, this year, our Malaysia Day celebrates the power of the people, the human spirit that has fuelled our togetherness and brings back memories of the strength of our nation in the 60s and beyond. It is this human spirit that brought about the theme of 2020’s National Day and Malaysia Day celebrations which is “Malaysia Prihatin” or Malaysia Cares.

 

Malaysia Prihatin accentuates the spirit of patriotism, unity and love for the country. In essence, it was chosen in recognition of the caring, determined and patient nature of Malaysians in confronting the trials and tribulations posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

I also believe that we, at the Embassy of Malaysia in Tokyo, have and should continue to play our respective roles, no matter how small or irrelevant it might seem, in steering our nation, in our service for Malaysians in Japan and towards Malaysia’s interest in Japan through our work.

 

One deadly virus cannot come in the way of the longstanding relations between our two countries that has been cemented by the Look East Policy (LEP) 40 years ago. In this light, I am confident that the new government under the leadership of Prime Minister Suga will not deviate from the promotion of mutual interests of both countries.

 

Ladies and Gentlemen,

 

Though we could not hold our usual gathering with the likes of previous years and commemorate this joyous day with fellow Malaysians in Japan and friends of Malaysia, the celebration should continue regardless of its magnitude. In that spirit, I would like to thank you for your presence here today and wish all of you a Happy Malaysia Day.

 

 

 


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NEW INFORMATION REGARDING CONSULAR SERVICES AT THE EMBASSY OF MALAYSIA IN TOKYO

Effective 2 October 2020, the Embassy’s Consular Counter will be opened every Monday, Wednesday and Friday (excluding public holidays), from 10.00 am to 12.30pm. 

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