"We should, therefore, value the prevailing peace, harmony and stability in the country," he said in his message in conjunction with the 53rd National Day tomorrow.
He also said that the time had come for the current generation to take the lead to propel the country to greater heights.
Saying that the real challenge for Malaysians today was to transform the country to become a developed and high-income nation by 2020, Najib added the government had put in place strong foundations in the form of the Government Transformation Plan and Economic Transformation Plan to achieve the objective.
Najib said the success achieved in transforming Malaysia from that of a low-income and agriculture-based country into a medium-income industrialised country was due to the commitment, planning and diligence of the government, along with the people, in holding fast to the philosophy of being constantly ahead of the curve of transformation and changes.
"Refusing to be contented with the status quo, and out of sheer determination, our forefathers took Malaysia from one success to another.
"Today, it is our turn to lead Malaysia to greater heights of progress and prosperity. The question is, are we courageous enough to break away from tradition and achieve the extraordinary?" said the prime minister.
Pillar of peace and stability
Looking back into the struggle of the country's past leaders, Najib said the nation's forefathers had never felt satisfied with what ! the coun try had at that time and had striven hard to overcome no matter how big the challenges were.
"They constantly seek and work to create a better future for the country and its people," he said.
The prime minister also said that each Malaysian citizen was crucial to the country's development and that he or she had the capability to contribute towards the nation's prosperity and well-being.
The time had also come for the country to fully utilise local talents, he added.
"It will be a huge loss to the country if the talents, whom we have painstakingly nurtured, migrate in search of a greener pasture just because of our failure to provide the conducive environment for them to contribute," he said.
He added that globalisation not only allowed for easy flow of capital and technology across the borders but also the flow of human capital.
Najib said that to create a better future, Malaysia should safeguard national unity, saying it had been the country's pillar of peace and stability.
It was for this reason, he said, that the basis of integration among the Malaysian people should be built upon shared values as spelled out in the national ideology or Rukun Negara and enshrined in the constitution.
Najib also said that the government was truly committed to defending the country's independence and sovereignty within the framework of legal instruments and based on its own strength to face threats either from within or outside the country.
"Please remember that Malaysia is our homeland; this is the place where we were born, the place where we grow up, where we find our livelihood, a place where we find happiness and where we shall be laid to rest," he said.
In conjunction with the National Day, he called on Malaysians to renew their commitment and strengthen their resolve to make Malaysia the best country.
"For the sake of our children's future, we must defend the survival of our country. Let us not break what is intact," he said.
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