Sultan Nazrin: Merdeka also means pushing ahead

17 AUGUST 2019, BY The Star

Merdeka does not just mean independence, it also means having a responsibility to create a better future for the rakyat, says Sultan Nazrin Muizzuddin Shah. “It means being empowered to influence the future of our own nation, for the well-being of our people.

“It means being the masters of our own destiny and being responsible for charting and driving our progress, for the benefit of current and future Malaysians, ” he said.

The Perak Ruler shared his definition of Merdeka and what it means to be an independent nation during his keynote address at the 2019 Merdeka Award Grant For International Attachment at the Malaysian Petroleum Club here yesterday.Sultan Nazrin said Malaysia could not rest on the laurels of its past successes.

“As the world around us is transforming, Malaysia must also evolve in order to drive the next phase of our country’s journey towards a sustainable future, ” he said.

Sultan Nazrin, who is also the royal patron of the Merdeka Award Trust, also announced the five recipients of the prestigious 2019 Merdeka Award Grant For International Attachment.

They are Universiti Teknologi Mara senior lecturer Dr Mohd Azri Abdul Rani, social entrepreneur Juliana Ooi Sue May, Universiti Sains Malaysia lecturer Dr Yanny Marliana Baba Ismail, Universiti Teknologi Petronas PhD candidate Feng Ying Xing and Borneo Carnivore Programme project research manager Chrishen R. Gomez.



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Chrishen R. Gomez
Having attended the prestigious Ivy League Brown University as part of his attachment programme, 27-year-old Chrishen is now with the Wildlife Research and Conservation Unit at Oxford University. Chrishen is busy developing a genetic-based research project on the Sunda Clouded Leopard. Read more about him here: Conserving Our Forests & Future
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