THE voices of moderation must permeate all spheres of society. We salute the well-known citizens who have taken a stand. And we also salute the many others who practise moderation in their daily lives.
Our nation that is so rich in diversity is further enriched when its citizens do their part to ensure that the fabric of society remains strong. When there are parts that are tattered, we will do our part to mend them.
What we have seen in recent times is that Moderate Malaysia has come forward to reclaim the centre stage. In fact, this is not a new phenomenon. We have been, and always will be, a moderate nation.
But at a time when the voices of extremism sought to move the nation off-course, we had to remind ourselves of the strong legacy left by our founding fathers in keeping this nation united. We had to bring back the testimonies of the past to remind those in the present that there can be no future if we allow such divisive forces to overwhelm us.
In today’s Sunday Star, we are reminded by a corporate titan that “we cannot allow the voice of extremists to be the loudest and dictate our social and political discourse”.
There is much wisdom in what Datuk Seri Nazir Razak has to share that goes beyond the historical and family connections within his illustrious family. As he so eloquently puts it: “Business cannot succeed if society fails. Malaysia needs to be peaceful and stable for businesses to flourish.”
The business environment is tough enough with many external factors that we cannot control. We are all part of this environment, whether we are the highly-paid CEO or the office boy. All of us have to earn a decent living to put food on the table and a roof over our heads.
Certainly, we do not want to create an environment that is so tense and unpredictable that those who want to put their money into a business in Malaysia will go to another country instead. And this is not just about business. A failed society is of benefit to no one as it will impact all areas of our life.
We should be thankful that we entered into the community of nations as a nation united despite our many differences. We are proud to be able to prove the naysayers – those who did not give us much of a chance to succeed – wrong.
The Moderate Malaysia movement strikes a chord because we are not moving into unfamiliar territory. We are just reclaiming the space that has been hijacked by those who seek not to build, but to destroy. And as more moderate voices speak out from all segments of society, we know that these forces will never triumph. May the force be with the moderates. The STAR Home News Opinion 25 Jan 2015