Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Speech by Tun Hamid Mohamad

This speech really touched a cord with me. All we can do in life is to continue to try to be better men/women. We need to try to see the injustices perpetuated on our children and we need to learn to see the frauds. And we need to learn to speak up. It's a journey.


"On the other hand, a person may not be able to define integrity. He may not be able to give lecture on it. With the fitrah that Allah has given us, with right upbringing, right surrounding, a person would know, what is right and what is wrong. True enough that right and wrong could be subjective, greatly influenced by your religion, culture, society and law. Yet, when it comes to honesty, the core ingredient for integrity, I do not think there is any room for a difference of opinion. So, lack of integrity is not due to ignorance. You know integrity but the question is: do you have it? Whether you have it or not depends on you, on what you do throughout your life. In other words, it boils down to our character. But, we are all human. Everyone has moments of weakness and indiscretion. However, what makes the difference is how serious and how often. When such moments of weakness and indiscretion become the norm rather than the exception, what more when those “wrongs” have become “normal”, then there is something really wrong with the person."

“A person is not given integrity. It results from the relentless pursuit of honesty at all times.” - Unknown.

“Integrity is what we do, what we say and what we say we do.” - Don Galor

“Integrity is the essence of everything successful.” - Richard Buckminster Fulleriii.

“Integrity is doing the right thing, even if nobody is watching.” - Anonymous.

“Have the courage to say no. Have the courage to face the truth. Do the right thing because it is right. These are the magic keys to living your life with integrity.” - William Clement Stoneiv.

“Integrity is telling myself the truth. And honesty is telling the truth to other people.” - Spencer Johnson.v

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