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KUALA LUMPUR: PRIME Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak has urged Malaysians to strengthen unity among their fellow countrymen to stave off those out to create discord among the people.

In his Malaysia Day message, Najib said strengthening ties among the people was a continuous process and this was what the Sept 16 celebration was all about.

“In celebrating such an important moment, we should strengthen unity among Malaysians.

“This is important when there are irresponsible elements that want to see discord among us.

“With an unbreakable form of solidarity under the Malaysia name, our country will continue to have stability, prosperity and wellbeing for a long while,” he said in his blog, najibrazak.com, while wishing Malaysians a happy 51st Malaysia Day.

Najib said the people would once again celebrate the anniversary of the formation of Malaysia amidst peace and prosperity, adding the national-level Malaysia Day celebration in Miri, Sarawak, reflected the country’s stability and will see the people expressing their love for the country.

“I will be at Dataran Kipas in Miri with thousands of people from all walks of life and backgrounds, who are there for the love of their country and have strong patriotic spirit.”

Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said the country’s harmony and the tolerance practised by its people were core elements that would drive it towards the future.

“Harmony and tolerance are the basis and driving forces that will determine Malaysia’s stability, integrity and respect,” Muhyiddin said in a Malaysia Day wish posted on his Facebook page.

Today, 20,000 people are expected to gather in Miri at 7pm to celebrate the day marking the formation of the Malaysian Federation in 1963, which joined the states on both sides of the South China Sea.

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