Monday, August 31

Happy 58th Independence Day, Malaysia!

My dear country Malaysia,
You are at your 58th year of independence, and I'm no longer the little girl who religiously sings your song as i did 22 years ago. When i was in school, i detested standing under the hot morning sun in the open aired assembly point, just to sing "Negaraku".  We had to stand still, stand as straight as the pillar that raises up your flag, otherwise, punishments await. 

In my high-school, i attended a formal state function, where before the event started, the song Negaraku was played. The emcee announced for guests to stand up, in respect of the song. Most of the guests just sat on the seats. I stood up, and sang softly. I was confused. Why are the adults not respecting your song ? Why am I singing softly as though i was embarrassed? 

I thought deeply about it, and today i am firm that i found the answers- I did not know u well, Malaysia. And those who did not respect your song, did not know you well either. I realised that i finally understood the meaning of Negaraku. We should take pride of our country, for what stability you have given us. We took you for granted, we thought that the peace, and harmony that lies within your land is an everlasting one. We thought that, without any effort, the abundance you gave us, will last forever.

In these recent years, you showed us that, to be a part of nation, each and everyone of us played a vital role. We  are the ones who made Malaysia as what Malaysia is. Malaysia, and its beauty, does not consist of any single great individuals, but, is of a collective group of rakyat, each contributing their strength and forming a great nation. 

The 2015 Bersih 4 movement, indeed has mirrored to us the power of the rakyat. It may not be able to overthrow the existing corrupt government, but it definitely shows what unity is all about. Unity is the strongest fundamentals of a great nation, and i am sure we areheading  towards greatness.

31st August 2015! Selamat Hari Merdeka my fellow countrymen... For a great nation filled with love, respect and muhibbah...