Merdeka : Dream or nightmare in this Malaysiakini report http://www.malaysiakini.com/news/88866 by Sim Kwang Yang former MP and YB for Sarawak writes about Merdeka. I pick up this paragraph and I think it does strike the right chord ,”I have grown from a young boy of nine to an old man of 60. I have watched how political discourse in our public sphere has been dominated by the language of fear, especially the language of xenophobic fear of one race for another. Like their former colonial masters, the post-independence ruling elite have entrenched this pathos of nameless fear to divide and rule a nation of many races, and a small multiracial handful of politicians and their cronies grow fabulously rich overnight.”
This year the Merdeka celebrations are very subdued. My nieces 5 and 7 years old said to me,”Uncle how come last year most of the cars had Malaysia and Sarawak flags. This year very few ho! How come ho! Why like that one? Tomorrow Uncle its National day and where are all the Small Jalur Gemilang on the cars? Aiyoo even the young ones are feeling it what more the whole country?
Merdeka this year has a special flavour which I think is quite appropriate as the country has suffered with too much politiking. The 3+3 are Khairy, Dr.M and Raja Petra in one blue corner while Samak,Ma and Abdullah is in the other red corner.
Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad (former PM),Khairy jamaluddin (UMNO deputy youth Chief) has come out strongly against Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission to block access to Malaysia Today, a website owned by Raja Petra (Blogger). Apparently Khairy and Mahathir is seen to be supporting the move to stop internet censorship eventhough Raja is a thorn in the governements flesh with many controversial stories and reports.
Tun went further by saying this,” This act of censorship betrays a lack of faith in Malaysia’s youth to intelligently decide the truth for themselves. Tabloids sell far more than broadsheets in many countries, but it would take a bold person to suggest that readers of The Sun or The Mirror in the UK, for example, take all of its content at face value.
Khairy said MCMC’s high-handed approach also sends out the wrong message as it is at odds with the Multimedia Super Corridor Bill of Guarantees – a 10-point Bill that prescribes zero Internet censorship. Raja petra must be smiling away in his little corner of his home and saying ,Thanks guys” At least we have something in common here ,Happy Merdeka” haha…
Well, the leaders of the following countries Samak Sundaravej PM Thailand consulted the king over escalating protests , President Ma Ying-jeou’s China-friendly policies and his failure to lift Taiwan’s sagging economy saw tens of thousands of people took to the streets of Taipei Saturday to protest on the streets while Abdullah PM of Malaysia faces the prospect of his MPs crossing over to join the opposition. This events are not very healthy for the countries concerned and they need to address the situation quickly and stop the calls for them to step down. They are under attack and I do find that they have something in common. Don’t you think so..?
Malaysia’s 51st Merdeka also saw to the calls as Mr Sim puts it,” What is the use of living in a big house, they asked, if you are denigrated to a small corner near the stinking toilet? Would it not be better if you move into the master bedroom in a smaller house?
Anyway I will still say , “Ini Negara Ku. This is my Country.” and nothing will stop me from saying this. Happy Birthday Malaysia.