Tuesday, 1 September 2009

Merdeka and True Patriotism

The nation celebrated its 52nd birthday yesterday. Many people sent Merdeka wishes to each other. Many more posted Merdeka greetings on blogs, Facebook etc. A select few, very few I might add, paraded flags on their cars, houses etc. To the majority of Malaysians, Merdeka simply meant a public holiday, a long weekend. In fact, if you had not tuned in to local tv stations, or read the mainstream newspapers, you might have just missed it entirely, and you are hardly to blame. The simple truth is many Malaysians simply do not have a patriotic sense of love and belonging to the nation.

Many of my friends ridiculed the Merdeka Day itself, saying it there is no true Merdeka until Indians are treated equally in this country. Several pointed to the cow head incident in Shah Alam, saying the incident overshadowed the entire meaning of Merdeka. I am just as disturbed by you over the incident, and cannot wait for justice to be done. Quite frankly, I do not blame you for thinking along those lines. I cannot say I do not agree with you either. It is a fact that the Indians in this country are treated like third class citizens. I do feel things are on the positive rise, but nevertheless, until we see concrete changes, I really cannot expect the majority to feel a sense of belonging overnight. The one thing that I can point out it, let us not mistake loyalty to the government, support for any political party, and love for the country. Let us not blame the country for our misgivings. The country never discriminated against anyone. People did. People in goverment, people who want to be in government, people.

Like it or not, we are Malaysians. We were born Malaysians, live our lives as Malaysians, and we will die Malaysians. Non-Malay Malaysians are mere tourists in India or China. We do not belong there, neither do they want us there. Many migrate to the US, Europe, Australia, but they will never cease to be Malaysians. They may have new passports, but in their hearts, there is always Malaysia.

Things are not rosy here in Malaysia. But things will change. We will change. First, we must BE that change. We must believe in the change. One cannot sit and whine and complain, but not do your part for a better Malaysia. My message for my fellow Malaysians, BE Malaysian. Do not think of yourself as Malay, Chinese of Indian. Think of yourself as Malaysian first. Others may continue to look at you through the racial lense. But if you yourself continue to look at yourself as Malay or Chinese or Indian, you lose the right to complain, in my opinion.

I have hope on the Prime Minister's 1Malaysia concept. It is a fundamentally good concept. The vision is there. It is the implementation that is needed. Many dismiss it as political slogan spinning. Well, wether it is 1Malaysia or Malaysian Malaysia, it is all a slogan until we see something happening on the ground. Nothing can happen if we don't embrace that concept and work towards it. Many sit and wait for the effects of 1Malaysia to come knocking on their doors. Unfortunately it doesn't work that way. If you want to see it happen, you have to play your part to MAKE it happen. The least we can give is hope. Salam 1Malaysia my dear Malaysians!


Unknown said...

"But things will change. We will change."

Behold! Samy Vellu and MIC will initiate that change. Watch out...

frags said...

Firstly before we expect things to magically change for the better, we need to dismantle institutions of racism in this country.

I think you know damn well that there has actually been concerted efforts of instilling a certain philosophy among a particular race.

This has been going on for years and the great government knows very well these things have been going on.

In many places they preached racial superiority, racial hatred and loyalty to racial agendas.

What we see now is the years of indoctrination that has been going on right under our noses.

People normally wont automatically discriminate others, unless encouraged by the system or by opinion makers(leaders).

So I think to say it is people, is not quite accurate. There has to be something very wrong for people to think and behave like this.

Please clean up our institutions of learning from these racial bigots please. Make education colour blind. Remove the propaganda institution( I need not tell you the name of it).

asha iyengar said...

Good Day Sir

Temple relocation protest by the 50odd chauvinistic malays at Shah Alam, with a cow head being paraded, the police stood by watching, no immediate action taken, no immediate sedition charges, Hishammudin the lame keris waver downplaying the racist act, town hall disrupted by the same crowd, no action again...authorities are dragging their feet....unless its Hindraf, oh well the likes of you who are delusional and think you can make progress by being in the same coalition with UMNO? U need a wake up call mate.

Happy 52 Merdeka Day and congratulations.

Asha Iyengar