31 AUGUST 2009, THE TRUE MEANING OF MERDEKA CELEBRATION

by - Hesmel Faznee Faisal

Salam to fellow bloggers and to the only loyal reader of this self proclaimed blog.

Malaysia have celebrated her 52nd Independence with the most modest celebration, yesterday (Jose, this self proclaim writing was written a day after the celebration!).

After all the fanfare and the fireworks that Malaysians have seen and enjoyed for the last 52 years, the Government had this year decided to make the 2009 Merdeka celebration the simplest and the lowest key ever.

The reason being was not because our Government under the leadership of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak, is less patriotic but it was done in order to avoid and to confine the spread of the H1N1 virus, which have seen 67 Malaysians died from the epidermic.

There was not an issue at all. Everyone was happy. Even some of the opposition members was seen smiling (Jose, I saw it in the news!) after the ceremony which lasted only 45 minutes, ends.

This writer believes that the Government should continue with this tradition. In other words, they should make Merdeka celebration in the simplest way. It is not that we should not be celebrating our Independence in a bigger scale, but to have it in the most grandiose fashion on 16 September, every year. No doubt, 31 August 1957 is the most sentimental date for some but lest we not forget, the Sarawakians and the Sabahans must have their fair share too.

For those who are not in the loop, it was the date when Sarawak, Sabah and later Singapore joined in the establishement of Malaysia on 16 September 1963.

Unfortunately, on August 9 1965, Singapore was booted (Jose, personally I prefer to use the word kicked!) out from Malaysia. Don't ask the writer why (Jose, I'm not interested to liberate the whole history of Singapore here, mind you!).

The Government's intention of promoting the 1 Malaysia concept has got nothing to do with that of the Malaysian Malaysia. The concept was strongly voiced out by Lee Kuan Yew (when Singapore was part of Malaysia and was the pain in the scrotum for the late Tunku!) and the continuity can now be seen through DAP.

This writer believes that the 1 Malaysia concept has and will lay a very concrete base for Malaysians to unite, without neglecting their rights, especially for the Malays.

This is another way to proof that we are truly 1 Malaysia and thus can share the joy and happiness in celebrating the event with our fellow brothers and sisters in Sabah and Sarawak.

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