President Truong Tan Sang has urged the nation as a whole to uphold vigilance and resolve to firmly safeguard the motherland’s independence, freedom, national unification and territorial integrity in any circumstance, on the occasion of the 69th anniversary of the August Revolution and National Day.

“This is our sacred and noble duty to our ancestors and older generations, as in the teaching of Uncle Ho: the Hung Kings founded the country, you and I must protect it, as well as to later generations,” President Sang wrote in an article to mark the anniversaries.

“Sixty nine years ago, in the autumn of 1945, the Vietnamese people, under the flag of the Communist Party of Vietnam, conducted the great August Revolution, shattering the chains of the colonialist and feudal regime, regaining national independence and founding the Democratic Republic of Vietnam, a State of the people and for the people; our people rose from slavery to become the master of their country and their destiny. On September 2, 1945, President Ho Chi Minh solemnly declared to the entire world the birth of an independent and free Vietnam, while affirming that the Vietnamese nation as a whole is resolved to protect their independence and freedom with all their spirit, their strength as well as their lives and properties.

“Over the past nearly 70 years, our people have overcome countless hardship and challenges to build our country, improve people’s living conditions guided by Uncle Ho’s teaching: independence will mean nothing if the people cannot enjoy freedom and happiness. At the same time, we have sacrificed so much, including shedding our blood, to defeat all invaders and protect the motherland’s independence, freedom, sovereignty, unification and territorial integrity,” the President wrote.

He went on to say, “Now, in a world of a strong globalization process and intertwining complicated relations of both cooperation and fierce competition as well as struggle among different polities, economies and cultures, the prosperity and survival of each country and nation is no longer a matter of that country or nation alone. This poses both opportunities and challenges for all countries, particularly small ones, in protecting their own interests as well as their independence, freedom, unification and territorial integrity. In such circumstances, particularly amidst the complicated developments in the regional and global situations over recent years, our country more than ever needs to develop quickly and sustainably, thus enhancing our overall power and internal strength in all fields; at the same time we must uphold vigilance and resolve to firmly safeguard the motherland’s independence, freedom, national unification and territorial integrity in any circumstance.”

The president stressed that in order to do this, all Vietnamese, be in any job and any position, must spare no effort to fulfil to the best their tasks and duties while actively fighting to stop and eliminate negative phenomena such as bureaucracy, corruption, wastefulness and irresponsibility.

“We cannot accept those who always preach patriotism while involving in corruption and wastefulness for their own or their group’s interests, doing harm to national interests, impoverishing and weakening the country. Those people are “internal invaders”, the malignant tumours on the country which must be removed,” he said.

President Sang said while the historical accomplishments of the nearly 30 years of “Doi Moi” (renewal) are the nation’s pride and win admiration from international friends, we cannot have peace of mind when thinking of the slow growth of the national economy, when many of our people are living in difficulties, and when corruption, irresponsibility, bureaucracy and power abuse still exist, causing anger and complaints among the people. He stressed that it is these negative phenomena that erode the people’s trust in the Party, the State and the regime and are the seed of disaster for the nation’s independence, freedom, unification and territorial integrity.

Protecting the nation’s independence, freedom, unification and territorial integrity is the common cause of all Vietnamese, but the Party and the State, as the leader and manager of the country, have an especially great role and responsibility, the President noted. He instructed that therefore, Party organisations and committees at all levels as well as every Party cell and member must continue to implement the Party Central Committee’s resolution on Party building and the Politburo’s instruction on following President Ho Chi Minh’s moral example. At the same time, efforts must be made to intensify the fight against the degradation in political ideal, morality and lifestyle among officials, Party members and public workers while implementing the new Constitution, towards building a State really of the people, by the people and for the people, which win the whole-hearted trust and support of the entire people.

“Upholding the spirit and glorious tradition of the great August Revolution and continuing to study and carry out the testament of President Ho Chi Minh, and with solidarity and great efforts, our Party, people and armed forces are certain to overcome all difficulties and challenges to build a strong and prosperous country on a par with powers in all five continents, and to firmly safeguard our country’s independence, sovereignty, unification and territorial integrity, so that our nation and our country enjoy prosperity and exist forever,” the President wrote in conclusion.-VNA