Sunday, September 02, 2007

What is Merdeka to you?

Everybody shouted Merdeka! Merdeka! Merdeka! at places where celebrations were held to commemorate the 50th Independence Day, be it at the Dataran Merdeka, Curve or Putrajaya.

What is Merdeka to you? You shouted because everyone was shouting the same word. Or you were so 'high' during that time and you didn't know which word was blurted out from your mouth?

What significance does Merdeka holds for you?

For me, the meaning of Merdeka means independence from the British way back in August 1957. It also meant that all Malaysian citizens should enjoy this independence and all the privileges that came along with it.

My parents were born in Malaysia and so was I. The blood that is flowing in my body is pure Malaysian blood. I'm proud to be a Malaysian! Are you?

And that we shall live according to the rules and regulations that have been stated in the Malaysian Constitution.

Do you think what I have stated is sufficient for me to live a fair and just life as a Malaysian without any discrimination?

It's always refreshing to look at a young child's mind that is not corrupted and see what's in their pure heart - 11 year old Aishah's Being Malaysian'.

An interesting article under the title ‘What are you — black or white?’ - New Straits Times should be read. From the title you can roughly tell that it talks about issues that look at the colour of your skin.

The Economist published an article entitled Tall buildings, narrow minds - Malaysia at 50 where it stated that certain discriminations are happening in Malaysia.

In this case, what is the meaning of Merdeka?
Tags: Merdeka, 50th Independence Day, British, Malaysian Constitution, Discrimination, Malaysia



Anonymous jane said...

honestly i felt empty while screaming merdeka. it's just for the sake of the countdown fun that i was there, not forgetting the fireworks too! :P but yeah, m'sia's come a long way etc. i think i'd only feel sth if i were 50 yrs older. Feels good to be anak m'sia though! :D

03 September, 2007 19:23  
Blogger Johnny Ong said...

and if u do notice, compared to previous years, not many ppl are flying the flag on their cars, houses or even office premise

ppl had lost hope on the current events but some ppl cldn't care less abt it

some ppl are shouting merdeka very loud indeed bcuz everything is goin their way be it clean or not

04 September, 2007 16:45  

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