The National Flags Square

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“Every one of us must respect each other’s rights and feelings, be tolerant of each other’s religions, customs and habits, for in diversity we can truly find real unity.”
– Tunku Abdul Rahman, first Prime Minister of Malaysia.

Today, 31 August, marks the 58th National Day of Malaysia.

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The Giant of the Woods

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“All over the world there lingers on the memory of a giant tree, the primal tree, rising up from the centre of the Earth to the heavens and ordering the universe around it. It united the three worlds: its roots plunged down into subterranean abysses, its loftiest branches touched the empyrean. Thanks to the Tree, it became possible to breathe the air; to all the creatures that then appeared on Earth it dispensed its fruit, ripened by the sun and nourished by the water which it drew from the soil. From the sky it attracted the lightning from which man made fire and, beckoning skyward, where clouds gathered around its fall. The Tree was the source of all life, and of all regeneration. Small wonder then that tree-worship was so prevalent in ancient times.
— Jacques Brosse

The Grazing Ground

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“Cows are amongst the gentlest of breathing creatures; none show more passionate tenderness to their young when deprived of them; and, in short, I am not ashamed to profess a deep love for these quiet creatures.”
– Thomas de Quincey