celebration of this 67th anniversary of our
Independence is of special significance as
it sees the launch of a new era of Good
Governance in the country.
This comes with
a new commitment to the unity of our people,
to safeguard freedom and democratic rights,
and proceed to a future that moves further
from the re-emerging forces of colonialism.
The strengthening and progress of peace
in our country requires social, political
and economic policies that give the highest
priority to the needs of the people. This
includes social welfare, economic progress,
and a determined move towards good
governance, which is in keeping with the
traditions of tolerance and understanding of
The continuing strength of our freedom
that was won 67 years ago, requires the
advance of our youth through the acquisition
and development of new skills, access to new
knowledge and technology, and re-kindling
the spirit of freedom throughout our land.
This celebration of freedom is the time
to pay our tribute to the security forces
that defended our sovereignty and
territorial integrity with great sacrifice
in the battle against terrorism. It also
reminds us of the great freedom fighters of
the past from all communities, religions,
and ideologies who carried on the struggle
for freedom from colonial rule.
This is also the time to remember the
spirit of unity that has prevailed in our
land through the centuries, and drives us to
work hard to achieve national unity in all
its aspects, with reconciliation that comes
through Metta or Loving Kindness to all.
We remain committed to our policy of
Non-Alignment in our foreign relations,
looking forward to greater friendship with
the world community, and international
relations that will support our moves for
peace, stability, democracy and prosperity.
The progress of our nation in unity and
understanding calls for patriotism that not
only transcends the barriers of geography
and community, but also focuses on the
elimination of corruption in all its forms,
and encourages genuine service to the people
by their leaders.
As we move forward in freedom, let us
ensure the strengthening of peace and
harmony to bring every success to our
children and future generation who will
inherit this land. Let us join in a pledge
to build a future of peace, freedom and
prosperity in the shining light of honesty
of purpose and Good Governance.
January 28, 2015