Wednesday, August 26, 2009


Malaysia as we know it today is a thriving developing country, often considered a “role model” by its Southeast Asian neighbours for its economic and political stability, multicultural harmony and steady progress. 31st August 2009 marks the 50th year of this country's independence from British colonialism and the day the joyful, triumphant shouts of “Merdeka, Merdeka, Merdeka!” resonated throughout the nation as Malaya's first Prime Minister, Allahyarham Tunku Abdul Rahman stood on a podium at Merdeka Square doing the same.

The name Malaya was then changed to Malaysia when the country was officially made a federation of 13 states including Sabah and Sarawak. Article 1(1) of the Federal Constitution states that "The federation shall be known, in Malay and English, as Malaysia". Although Singapore broke away and became a nation of its own in 1965, the rest of the states have remained firmly together, combining to make Malaysia the harmonious melting pot of cultures it is today.

As for me, I do buy the flags... as its the symbol of Malaysia's sovereignty anyway. I do put up the jalur gemilang at home & on my car (as Malaysians who love to). But I don't think attending Merdeka concerts or parades will do any good to me. So i will just stay at home, see glimpse of fireworks from outside of my house. I even participate in merdeka celebration by putting fireworks at my house a few years back. It's good enough to take some time to think about the meaning of Merdeka and appreciate life in Malaysia. Things could be alot worse elsewhere.

With all our strengths and weaknesses as a nation, we have gained a lot but we have to catch up lots more. Nevertherless, I'm 100% proud to call myself Malaysian. Happy 52th birthday Malaysia

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