The media is reporting today that the Home Ministry has declared the Negara-Ku movement illegal. We must register, they say. And if we apply to register, they will not allow the movement to register with the name ‘NEGARA-KU’. Malaysiakini and Malaysianinsider have both reported this today.
This is my response.
I love my country and her people, without hesitation; without reservation.
I always have, and I always will.
And, of late, before my very eyes, I see insidious moves to sow hate between us.
Moves to plant distrust and discord between us.
I know who by, and why.
Many of you know, too.
Do we sit by and do nothing?
I will not.
I love my country and her people.
And I do not need permission, leave or licence of anyone or any authority to love my country and her people.
I will not sit by and do nothing.
Rather, as they try to sow hate, I will traverse the nation to sow love.
Where they strive to plant distrust and discord, I will endeavour to give hope and belief.
I know I am not alone.
Mine is but one voice amongst the greater multitude.
Desiring only to plant love, hope and belief amongst the people.
This is Negara-Ku.
Negara-Ku is not mine.
Not Pak Samad’s
Negara-Ku is the spirit of the rakyat, too long silenced, now risen to reclaim the nation.