Nation pays tribute to fallen heroes
KUALA LUMPUR: The nation paid tribute to its fallen heroes Sunday, with solemn ceremonies including parades and laying of wreaths held throughout the country.
Warriors Day 2011 was centred at the Merdeka Square here, an event graced by the Yang Di-Pertuan Agong, Tuanku Mizan Zainal Abidin.
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, Defence Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi and Home Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein also attended the event.
Chief of Defence Forces Gen Tan Sri Zulkifeli Mohd Zin and Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Ismail Omar were also present.
In his address at the event, Tuanku Mizan called on Malaysians to enhance the spirit of heroism, patriotism, loyalty, love and willing to sacrifice for the country.
He said this spirit had to be nurtured and promoted at all times in appreciation of the fallen heroes for their sacrifice.
"The nation is grateful to the fallen heroes. The peace, stability and prosperity the country enjoys will not have been achieved without their sacrifice," he said.
The king also called on the people, in the spirit of 1Malaysia, to unite and together show their appreciation for the heroes' sacrifice by contributing, in whatever form, to the warriors or the families of the fallen.
"I am grateful that the government never forgets the sacrifice and loyalty of these warriors. In recognition of their deeds and sacrifices, various accolades and bravery awards have been bestowed on them," he said.
At the same time, he said, the government also provided the necessary support and assistance to their families.
Tuanku Mizan said he hoped that the families of the fallen heroes would have the resilience and patience to carry on in life.
"We also pray that God will shower His blessings on the fallen heroes for their sacrifice," he added.
The king advised serving warriors to carry on with their noble deed, saying the people's expectation of them was high indeed.
He advised them to discharge their responsibilities as best as they could.
"Malaysia, as a unique Islamic state with its multi-racial society, is capable of showing the road ahead as well as playing the role of a catalyst for world peace," he said.
Soon after he arrived at Merdeka Square, Tuanku Mizan inspected a guard-of-honour mounted by 107 personnel of the Royal Malay Regiment led by Maj Amriza Mohd Ashari.
Various performances were staged at the event, including a "Pahlawan" (Warrior) poetry declamation.
A slight drizzle did not dampen the spirit of a pantomime on the nation's heroes by 200 police personnel and the performance by a choir, also from the police force.
Acclamation of "Daulat Tuanku" thrice in unison by the uniformed fraternity reverberated across the square to crown the day.
July 31 was declared Warriors' Day to mark the end of the Malayan Emergency in 1960 and was first observed on Aug 4, 1968.
Sunday's event was the second to be held at Merdeka Square following the shift last year from the site of the National Monument. - Bernama
It is good that some motherfuckers are trying to revive communism in Malaysia.
Our Malaysian police and army has not been at war with communists for some time.
I am sure that they are now trigger happy to shoot at the communist traitors now if they dared to wage a war against the Yang di Pertuan Agong and the Malaysian Government.
This time the communists must be wiped clean from the roots. Don't let any of their family live because if they do, they will try to do the same thing to revive communism in Malaysia.
If there are no laws in this country, I too will shoot the communists until they are corpses since they had done that too towards the citizens of Malaya before.