July 3, 2016
All my Americans Friends: Happy Fourth of July and May God Bless America, Land of The Free and The Home of the Brave
Soon it will be the Fourth of July. It is the occasion when all Americans celebrate your Day of Independence. On June 30, 2016 My wife, Dr Kamsiah and I visited Mount Vernon, the final resting place of President George Washington and First Lady Martha Washington together with our American host, former US Ambassador to Malaysia John R. Malott. We were there to remember and honour America’s foremost patriot, brilliant General, and Great President and Statesman.
As a friend who was educated in America at a university that bears his name in Washington DC, I together with Dr. Kamsiah wish you all the best on the Fourth of July, 2016, a great day of national independence, by invoking George Washington’s prayer for his beloved country.
2016 is an Election Year for you all and we pray that you will make your choice with wisdom, remembering that your choice is critical since it will affect the rest of the world.–Dr. Kamsiah and Din Merican
President George Washington’s Prayer
Almighty God: We make our earnest prayer that Thou wilt keep the United States in Thy holy protection: Thou wilt incline the hearts of the citizens to cultivate a spirit of subordination and obedience to government: and entertain a brotherly affection and love for one another and for their fellow citizens of the United States at large.
And finally that Thou wilt most graciously be pleased to dispose us all to do justice, to love mercy, and to demean ourselves with that charity, humility and pacific temper of mind which were characteristics of the Divine Author of our blessed religion, and without a humble imitation of whose example in these things we can never hope to be a happy nation.
Grant our supplication, we beseech Thee, through Jesus Christ our Lord. AMEN