Tuesday September 25, 2012
A walk through history for every Malaysian
I COMMEND The Star for its support and the prominence given through its newspaper to the “Tunku & The Star” exhibition, open daily (except Mondays), from 10am to 5.30pm, at Block A, Level 3, Memorial Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra, Arkib Negara Malaysia, Jalan Dato’ Onn, Kuala Lumpur.
As one, like many of my generation who have lived through more than seven decades of our nation’s history, I would like to recommend that everyone, especially our students and younger generation Malaysians, from all walks of life, take the time to visit and absorb what the exhibition has to offer – a real and factual walk through history with our Bapa Kemerdekaan, Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra Al-Haj, our first Prime Minister.
The experience will help those who visit it to come to know the Tunku better and understand his invaluable contributions to our nation.
By reading the Tunku’s writings in The Star, under the title “Looking Back” and “As I See It”, describing the growth of politics in our country, our nation’s path to independence and his vision for progress and prosperity for all in a nation where “unity in diversity” truly becomes a reality, one can get a glimpse into the mind of the Tunku.
Information, Communications and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Dr Rais Yatim, had rightly said in his speech, at the launching of Memorial Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra, “The UK’s Daily Telegraph once said that no one would supercede the contributions of this man to this country. I agree with that.”
The Tunku was truly a visionary ahead of his time. Several of his utterances and writings might have seemed controversial at that time, but we see their relevance and implications, today, in many different ways and at various levels of society and the nation.
The Tunku was always a leader who spoke and wrote without fear or favour and without malice, hoping to give his best to and bring out the best in every citizen.
That is indeed a rare quality of leadership – one that everyone should try to emulate.
Institute for Democracy and Economic Affairs (Ideas) co-founder Tunku Zain Al-Abidin Tuanku Muhriz put it aptly when quoting the Tunku. He said: “The exhibition highlights some of his (Tunku’s) best quotes. I especially liked: ‘It is freedom for the Malayan people, and once this torch of freedom is lit, let us hold it up high so that all around us will glow with radiant happiness’. It is quotes like this which remind us why we are inspired by him.’’
Thank you, once again to The Star for reminding us and giving the benefit to all Malaysians to know better the Tunku - the prince, the prime minister, the person, one whose life and legacy will always be etched in our memories and inspire us both now and in the future.