Ahmad Maslan: Merdeka Day theme prerogative of incumbent
PULAU INDAH, July 25 — The selection of the theme for Independence Day celebrations is the prerogative of the ruling government based on current needs without prejudice to any quarters.
Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Ahmad Maslan (picture) said the theme ‘55 Tahun Merdeka Janji Ditepati’ (55 Years of Independence, Promises Fulfilled) chosen for this year’s Independence Day celebration should be seen in the context of the meaning of a promise.
“Fulfilling a promise is a universal good value and when we say promises fulfilled, it motivates the people to fulfil their promises in all aspects of life, except when the meaning is narrowed down to political point of view.”
He said this after attending a breaking fast event with Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency personnel on board maritime ship KM Marlin here today.
Several opposition leaders were reported to have questioned the theme, deeming it a political slogan. — Bernama