KUALA LUMPUR: The commitment by national carrier Malaysia Airlines Berhad (MAB) in the “Negaraku” initiative should be emulated by other quarters, especially the private and government-linked companies, says 1Malaysia Foundation trustee Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye.

He said the initiative by MAB incorporating the spirit of “Negaraku” across its collaterals on-ground and online, as well as various touch points including featuring the “Negaraku” emblem with special livery on several aircraft, must also be supported by all Malaysians.

“The efforts in instilling unity among races, religions and cultures are the biggest and ongoing challenges…all of us including the private companies must play (our) roles to unite the country.

“As proud Malaysians, we need to ensure that the spirit of “Negaraku” will soar high in the skies just like how impressive our national carrier is in the air,” he added in a statement here today. Lee said Malaysians should also express their patriotism and love for the country in any kind or form as economic development would be meaningless if there were no sense of mutual respect, as well as lack of unity and harmony among the society.

He also called on all parties to reject any attempt to divide the community through insensitive statements and respect each other’s race and religion.

“We need to educate our children so that they can grow up together and appreciate friends who are of different colours in order to develop the country.”

MAB will also feature Malaysian heroes who have brought pride to the country in its in-flight magazine, “Going Places.”

The activist also praised the airline employees who continued to provide excellent service despite facing various challenges as MAB was going through a recovery period. “They have been highly-dedicated to (their) jobs despite most perks and benefits being withdrawn as well as the reduced number of cabin crew for each flight,” he noted. — BERNAMA

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