A person need not resort to doing something extreme in order to exhibit his or her love for the nation, said Gerakan Youth deputy chief Andy Yong.
More so, he said, Malaysians should refrain from casting a negative impression or criticise their country in foreign lands.
‘It is proven that the Japanese or mainland Chinese would rarely or never talk bad about their governments outside their countries even if they disliked them,” he added.
Yong was responding to Bersih chairperson Maria Chin Abdullah who urged all Malaysians do their part with regard to an upcoming rally organised by the electoral watchdog.
Apart from urging GlobalBersih to act as well, she described the rally as a clarion call for all those who love Malaysia.
However, Yong said several political parties and NGO groups had often routed the anger and frustrations of the common people by promoting radical expressions of nationalistic ideas to shift the focus of the masses for their long term personal gains.
“As we are celebrating national day this month, demonstrations and rallies that will result in violence cannot represent the love for one’s nation.
“I think truly loving our nation means being patriotic by accomplishing our duties as Malaysians and bringing people together for the common good.
“We must be considerate of the privacy of others and obey the laws of the land,” he added.
For this to happen, Yong said political instability should end.
“I think federal or state governments and political parties should be both ready and eager to solve problems with devotion and focus,” he added.