Politics and Patriotism

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“Islam enjoins upon every person to strive for the good of his country and lose himself in its service, render utmost service to the nation (ummah) in which he lives, and to give precedence to kinship and neighbourliness (in acts of benevolence).” Hasan Al-Banna, Risalat al-Mu’tamar al-Khamis. Being patriotic is not just about waving your flag on Independence day. It goes on beyond that. Patriotism is generally known as the feeling of love and devoted to the country. Having and willing to do anything for the sake of the betterment of the country. Quoting Enizahura Abdul Aziz, a senior research officer from the centre of shariah, law and politics from IKIM, patriotism also implies feelings of solidarity and mutual responsibility among people of different ethnicities and religious backgrounds. Because of our various backgrounds, Malaysia needs to find commonalities due to the differences that exist among the various groups. Living in a multi-racial and a multi-religious country, I am happy with the exposure of the many cultures, not to mention the holidays that we, Malaysians get. Tourist and foreigners that comes to our country are at awed at how we live in harmony. Though now, even I question the fact, do we really? Can we really pretend to ignore the fact and act of finger-pointing and quarrelling that is going on within the country. Political partisan blaming one another at one problem after another. Though some might argue it is an act of nationalism. But has no one question the fact that the political temperature has gone up a bit to high to still be living in comfort? And is it just me, or the quarelling is execptionally hot when elections is around the corner? As we know, Malaysia, a democratic country, so we say, runs election every five years. This is the time when the people can see many productive work being done and finish as fast as lightning. Now I am not saying this is a bad thing, it might just be me, but I only see development at...
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