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Why Aren’t You Proud To Be A Malaysian?

Why Aren’t You Proud To Be A Malaysian?

Sadly, after decades of relentless national self-criticism, there is no longer pride in many Malaysians.

Fernando Fong

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In recent years we’ve seen a lot of disdainful comments about the country and its administration.

Despite our shortcomings, this country is still a melting pot success story, a land of bountiful blessings.

How on earth did we get here as a nation? Are we still on track to achieve great things as one big Malaysian family?  

The love and appreciation for our country were recently highlighted on social media by a netizen, Richard Ker.

Ker, Chief Marketing Officer of drone company Aerodyne Malaysia, pointed out how good Malaysia has it.

He highlighted the many areas in which Malaysia is among the best globally.

What Is The Best Thing About Malaysia?

What makes Malaysia so fascinating is its diversity.

You can explore thriving, modern cities with some of the world’s tallest buildings, explore colonial architecture, relax on some of the most beautiful beaches, and hike through lush green jungles in the same country.

One of the world’s oldest tropical rainforests and the largest national park in Peninsular Malaysia, Taman Negara boasts endless nature and ecotourism experiences for anyone who loves green and the outdoors.

In netizens’ opinion, this country should be a top priority on anyone’s globetrotting adventure.

Tropical rainforests encompass between 59% to 70% of Malaysia’s total land area, of which 11.6% is pristine. (Pix: Fernando Fong)

Malaysia Is A Food Heaven

Food is also one of the most engaging and enjoyable experiences in Malaysia.

Malaysian cuisine combines Malay, Chinese and Indian ingredients and recipes for the vibrant and delicious food.

Tourists can sample some tasty food that is best served in this country, such as nasi lemak, char kuey teow, rojak, cendol, apam balik and asam laksa.

Malaysia has some of the best street foods you can find. (Pix: Fernando Fong)

An Abundance Of Natural Resources

Malaysia is rich in mineral resources, and mining (including petroleum extraction) accounts for a significant portion of GDP.

The country is a major producer of rubber and palm oil and is one of the world’s largest sources of commercial hardwoods.

Malaysia is also strategically situated with easy accessibility to other countries and has a robust infrastructure, connectivity and economic stability.

As an upper-middle-income country, Malaysia contributes to the development of low and middle-income countries.

In terms of modernisation, Information and Communications Technology (ICT) has been identified as the key growth sector in the country.

Leader In Halal And Islamic Finance

Malaysia continues to lead the Global Islamic Economic Indicator (GIEI) for the seventh year.

Thanks to a robust halal economic ecosystem, the country enjoys a substantial lead in the Islamic finance and halal food sectors.

The Malaysian government has also implemented Halal Industry Master Plan (2008-2020).

The plan is a blueprint for establishing the country as the global leader in innovation, production and trade within several halal‑related sectors.

According to a report, outside of Silicon Valley/San Francisco, industry insiders ranked Kuala Lumpur the 9th top city in the Asia-Pacific region, seen as a leading technology innovation hub over the next four years.

Malaysian individuals and companies have produced advancements in medicine, technology, and every other conceivable discipline that has improved the lives of humans everywhere.

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Aiding People In Other Countries

Malaysia has been blessed with great riches, and no nation has given more generously of itself. 

At a high cost, in both time and money, Malaysians have repeatedly fought to preserve and extend freedom in other parts of the globe.

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Love Will Keep Our Remarkable Country Together

There is nothing new in all of the above.

And yet, since many Malaysians don’t know or remember these facts, we need to make an effort to celebrate and teach them consciously. 

The Malaysian flag remains a powerful symbol of freedom, peace and prosperity for protestors in the Middle East, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Hong Kong and countless other countries.

The people there dream of someday experiencing what we are so fortunate to be able to take for granted.

As we strive to make Malaysia a better place, it is ok, and even necessary, to appreciate what we already have.

A cartoon by Malaysia’s favourite cartoonist, Datuk Mohammad Nor Mohammad Khalid, popularly known as Lat.

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