For Merdeka Day

May we really embody the colours of Merdeka and not be hypocrites. We may say something but the media says something else. Especially media which panders to their own racial group and become ‘batu api’.
May we really mean what we say when we say we are one nation. This nation consists of people who were never natives to begin with. We’re all migrants, with mixed ancestries and blood. The only true natives are the ones who still need our help.
May we really honour each other and respect each other. I don’t want to ‘tolerate’ you because in my mind, tolerate just means I need patience because I need to bear with you.
May we truly understand what being sensitive is about. Let’s not be sensitive about the wrong issues. Why can’t there be healthy discussion and debate? Why must everything be “you don’t know, therefore you should not comment”?
May we truly be sincere when we say we want to become better Malaysians. That means stop bribing the cops, stop acting like the bourgeoisie that you are, stop pushing your kids to be top scorers, stop throwing rubbish, stop being stupid and juvenile.
May we understand that the enemy is not within. There has never been an enemy within. The enemy is all in your head.
May we live up to what Yasmin always imagined in her mini story adverts.
May we celebrate our freedom and independence from shortsightedness and mediocrity.
May we celebrate the uniqueness that we are Malaysian.
Selamat Menyambut Hari Merdeka to you and me. We need to remind ourselves what 53 years of independence really mean. Especially now. Especially when this is as much my home as it is yours.

4 thoughts on “For Merdeka Day”

    • HI Marsha: Well, I didn’t celebrate Merdeka either. I think the celebration/pride/gratitude should be in our hearts and actions. I often remind myself NOT to simply forward emails which will hurt or belittle anyone of any race or religion. That is my way of stopping the negative chain of events. I’d rather do all this than put up a flag and be totally hypocritical. In our own ways, let us celebrate Merdeka ๐Ÿ˜‰

  1. *hugs* that’s a whole lot of “May’s” What really takes the cake is the fact that we have another Public Holiday called Malaysia day on September the 16th. Two days to celebrate our Country’s birth ๐Ÿ˜€
    Only in Malaysia ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • Hugs back. Ya, that is a lot of “may”. I hope. I really hope. Because my nephew is half-Chinese, half-Malay. I think he is going to be really confused when he grows up if all our troubles never go away. Already he thinks he is “ang moh” in school! But through all these trying times, I can tell you, I have good friends who remind me that the real Malaysia isn’t that bad.


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