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The year when Merdeka is overshadowed by by-election

I haven’t been around that long but still, long enough to remember what Merdeka means. It means joy, a sense of muhibbah, achievement, freedom, thanksgiving, feelings of warmth and all the good vibes. It means Sudirman’s song and a lot of flag waving that comes from the heart. It means muhibbah songs like that one ‘Demi negara yang tercinta…..’ when Siti Nurhaliza was a gadis sunti and Elaine Kang wasn’t an old hag.

But after 51 years, I don’t think my children feel the same kind of muhibbah-ness like what I experienced as a kid. Don’t be mistaken. My kids are very multi-racial and I am very proud of them and also proud of myself for bringing up real Bangsa Malaysia kids. They can eat, sleep, talk shit with Malays and Indians friends with absolutely no barriers except for remembering their religious restrictions and respecting it.

So, where did we go wrong? Can we entirely blame MIC, MCA, UMNO, Barisan Nasional, DAP, PAS, PKR, Pakatan Rakyat or have we as parents also partly to be blamed? Me thinks we parents are at fault too. How many Chinese parents have verbally and loudly told their kids that Malays are lazy and Indians have kutus? I have heard these with my own ears, a lot of time. And how many Malay parents told their kids that Chinese and Indians are out to claim their land, destroy their faith and gosh, lots more that I do not wish to say. And well, what do Indian parents tell their kids? I don’t know…LOL, ‘cos I don’t speak Tamil so I didn’t overhear.

Now, my dear readers and those blind surfers, don’t start to put words into my mouth that I am being racist or deny that such things do not happen. It does. You may not do it, you may not be aware of it but it is there.

I have been watching and reading, listening and getting the unsaid messages. The intensity of the hatred and suspicions of other races are very worrying, a shame to our country and totally ugly. The Indians are getting frustrated. The Chinese are getting fed up. The Malays are getting paranoid.

Now, everyone think that this can easily be solved with the change of political scene, waiting for a breath of fresh air, new leaders and a new dawn. But friends, things don’t change that easily. The change has to come from each of us.

While I am excited about the outcome of the Permatang Pauh by-election, I am not too sure if it is ever going to bring us closer as Malaysians. The change has to come from us, as I said. We have to embrace Merdeka for the significance it brings and not just blindly hope to wake up to a new dawn on September 16. (you have to know what this date promise or else you are wasting your time in Malaysia). Get real, get working and start loving and accepting each other race, with the warts and all.

Amen.

Hehehe, I didn’t plan to write the above, it just flows from my crappy mind. Cos I am hungwee again as the cilaka Olympic has driven me to eat maggi mee dinner in front of my PC. (no, I cannot cook because I was out since about 10 am ok?)




5 Responses to “The year when Merdeka is overshadowed by by-election”

  1. 🙂 Memang betul. The things we have to unlearn from our parents.

  2. Very sien already.

    My grandfather was born in Malaysia and so was my dad. But monkeys in parliamahment ask us to balik Cina. China wont even farking recognize us in the 1st place. WTF is wrong with these shit stirrers??

    When you are a Chinese, Malay, Indian, Sikh or whatever in Singapore, you are a Singaporean, period. But in Malaysia, shit stirrers ask us to balik Cina and balik Indian. Do the aborigines in Aussie ask those white men to balik Britain??

    Merdeka??? I don’t think so.

  3. is it wrong that we don’t try to lie to the younger generation about what has been going on in the country for the past 27 years? let us just hope there will be better truths to tell the young generation in the years to come. i may be optimistic but i believe we are at the dawn of a new era

  4. BengBeng – Kahkahkah…you mean the kutus and laziness or which part ah?

    Snake Terence – Yalor, the results of parents giving their children wrong perceptions and this may get worse when the kids now grow up.

    klaw – The sad thing is majority still have that perception and still live in the communal way, so that’s why we have so much animosity.

  5. Hi Lillian

    I came across this page whilst looking around ….what Malay parents are saying…Indeed, I am in a dilemma. With three children ages 25, 23 and 20 innocently raising questions like “How come we get a 7% discount when buying a house or “what’s this Bumi status thingy” followed by a quick how come, I am in all honesty, stumped!

    I guess when I was growing up, the explanation was that the Govt needs to eradicate poverty etc. but I nor they, dont see abject poverty these days.
    Time flies by and the situation has changed. Here in klang valley there is still some level poverty amongst the urban poor BUT they are from ALL races (did I use that word? I have come to loathe the word race). We shouldnt help the Chinese, Indian, Malay! We should help the poor, sick, old , deprived, challenged or what have you.

    Back to my kids, I dont want to be one of those shallow racist parents you described above, which begs me the question, WHAT DO I TELL THEM THEN?