Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - ‘We care, we share’




‘We care, we share’

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
HE Eldeen Husaini Mohd Hashim, Ambassador of Malaysia to the Kingdom of Cambodia.

‘We care, we share’

Content image - Phnom Penh Post

My fellow Malaysians, today, on August 31, we are celebrating our 63rd national day and the anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Malaysia and the Kingdom of Cambodia.

Let us recall that historic day when our first Prime Minister Tunku Abdul Rahman hailed the word merdeka – “independence” – seven times before reading out the 1957 Proclamation of Independence in front of thousands of Malaysians.

As well as celebrating our independence, we also commemorate those who have made sacrifices to secure peace and harmony for our beloved nation.

We celebrate this year’s national day under the theme “Malaysia Prihatin” – “Malaysia Cares” – and in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic the importance of unity has never been more paramount.

While battling this common enemy, we must continue moving forward and working together for development based on the strength of our solidarity.

We will need this unity and solidarity more than ever.

Let us strengthen our resolve so that we can achieve all our goals so we can achieve greatness. The road ahead will be long, our climb will be steep and we may not get there soon, but I promise you that as a team we will get there one day. We can and we will get through this!

When we are facing a grave situation like Covid-19, we should support each other, and as well as our fellow Malaysians, we have not forgotten local communities.

It heartens me that the embassy’s “We Care, We Share” initiative has managed to reach out and help many Cambodians too.

In addition, “We Care, We Share” resonates well with this year’s national day theme.

Thus, I am pleased that many Malaysians have come on board and stepped in to be part of this noble programme to assist those in great need.

We also continue to engage our Cambodian friends through our Malaysian technical and defence cooperation programmes and alumni.

Such engagements have provided opportunities for me to keep abreast of the alumni’s progress as they are now officially members of “Friends of Malaysia”.

This year has also witnessed a series of repatriation flights managed by my team that saw more than 500 Malaysians return home safely.

This will not be the end of our work. There will be many more who will need help – and we will be there for them.

And now is the moment for us to demonstrate our undying patriotic spirit, pride and love for Malaysia.

My team and I fly the flag of Malaysia – the Jalur Gemilang – all around the embassy, and I would like to encourage all Malaysians in the Kingdom to do the same – let’s fly our Jalur Gemilang high!

Even though we are not able to celebrate this momentous event as usual, it should not be a reason for us not to enjoy, embrace and further promote our society, our harmony and our patriotism, and uphold the agenda of nation building.

What makes this year’s national day even more special and exciting is that 63 Malaysians – to emphasise the 63rd birthday of our nation – from all walks of life in Phnom Penh will have come together on Sunday as a nation in a foreign land to pedal their bikes and ride their motorcycles on a “Merdeka Ride” to pay tribute to all those who have fought for us against all odds.

So I would like to take the opportunity to thank my fellow Malaysians for their strong support for having made this event so successful.

Finally, I would also like to wish Selamat Menyambut Hari Kebangsaan to all Malaysians in Cambodia.

Let’s remember how grateful we are to have Malaysia as our home.

Everything from its melting pot of cultures, multi-ethnicity, diverse heritage, multiple languages and exciting food have become an integral part of our society.

And last but by no means least, please stay safe, and together let’s march to victory in our Covid-19 battle!

Thank you, God bless you, and may God bless our “Malaysia Prihatin” initiative.

HE Eldeen Husaini Mohd Hashim,
Ambassador of Malaysia to the Kingdom of Cambodia.

MOST VIEWED

  • Angkor provides ‘valuable’ water storage

    The Apsara National Authority (ANA) has stored millions of cubic metres of water at reservoirs in the Angkor area after Cambodia experienced a series of rainstorms over the last few days. The storing of the water, besides serving temple conservation, will also be used to

  • Would you like fries with that? US burger chain makes Phnom Penh debut

    California-based The Habit Burger Grill restaurant chain is all set to serve up a delicious array of charbroiled burgers and sides at its newest international location in the centre of Phnom Penh. The Habit is “renowned for its award-winning Charburgers grilled over an open flame,

  • Floods prompt evacuations in Kampong Speu

    Rain-induced floods and water flowing from Kampong Speu province have submerged the houses of 1,527 families living close to the Prek Thnot River in Spean Thma, Tien, Kong Noy and Roluos communes in Phnom Penh’s Dangkor district, according to data from local authorities. Spean Thma

  • Banteay Meanchey floods kill one more as death toll reaches 15

    As floodwaters start to recede in Pursat, Battambang and Pailin provinces and Phnom Penh, Banteay Meanchey continues to bear the brunt as one more person was killed on Monday, bringing the total number of flood-related deaths to 15 in the province this month. Banteay Meanchey provincial

  • Serving coffee with a side of robots

    The eye-catching glass building surrounded by greenery at the intersection of Streets 371 and 2002 in Phnom Penh’s Sen Sok district is more than just another coffee shop where you can while away a few hours. UrHobby House cafe is filled with robots and characters from

  • Cintri strike ends, workers’ contracts to be terminated

    CINTRI (Cambodia) Ltd rubbish collectors who have been on strike for the past 13 days agreed to return to work starting Wednesday evening after the company agreed to terminate their contracts at the end of January next year and provide seniority payments and other benefits to