Merdeka Reflections

1 September 2003 13:53

Malaysia celebrates its 46th year of independence today. As usual, it's celebrated with much pomp and splendor by people from all walks of life all over the country. With all the years of independence behind us, one would naturally be inclined to think that we have progressed and moved forward in terms of inner development in tandem with whatever things that are visible on the outside. So is it really?

I hate to be a wet blanket on a joyous day like this but if one were to look at it, a lot of the things that we have are merely empty shells that look pretty on the outside. We seem to revel in things that are symbolic rather than those of substance. The sadder part is that it's those symbolic things that get the accolades and recognition. Sure it is all done in the spirit of Malaysia Boleh, but is it something that we want the world to know us as? Wouldn't it be better and more meaningful to strive for excellence in terms of having the best and being the best in the world instead of making the biggest/longest this and that all around? How about making our country to be an even better place to live in for the benefit of all its citizens? I think that would make a better patriotic endeavor. We still have a long way to go as far as our mentality is concerned in my opinion. It is my wish on Malaysia's 46th National Day to see its citizens strive for that in the name of betterment for the country instead of pursuing dubious recognition. Read up Royal Professor Ungku Aziz'sinterview with Mingguan Malaysia today as well as his thoughts onMalay mentality.

Reflections aside, I'm pleased with how the new version of our national anthem has turned out to be. Certainly better than the march version before this which I personally thought was a joke. Datuk Wah Idris certainly did a good job in giving Negaraku the grace and dignity it deserves. Let's hope that there won't be any more fickle minded high ranking government officers who'd have itchy ambitions to go changing it again in the future.

Anyhow, bad or good, I'm still proud to be her citizen. Happy Merdeka, Malaysia!

Listening to: Hazami - Tekad

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