Happy 49th Birthday Malaysia

August 31, 2006 12:01 AM

Malaysian flag

Happy Birthday Malaysia.
Happy Birthday Dad.
Happy Birthday Yvonne.
Happy Birthday Reucas.

Dad, Yvonne and Reucas and their birthday cake

Photos taken on Sunday 27th Aug 2006

Meanwhile racial politics in Malaysia continue to be played out on this, the 49th year since independence from the British. Here are a collection of posts from around the Malaysian blogosphere about Merdeka, some sombre and some upbeat:

I’d like to be optimistic and say that if one compares another country when it was 49 years old with Malaysia, I don’t think Malaysia is that bad. Yes, it is not that bad but it can be so much better. To be a truly first-world global country, Malaysia needs to get rid of its third-world mentality.

In a multiracial country, no one race needs to lose out so that the others can gain. Unity is strength and divisive racial politics is one huge hurdle slowing the country down. Everyone gains when the economic pie increases, because everyone’s share increases proportionately. Of course there’d still be arguments over how big everyone’s relative share should be, but baby steps yeah?

I may no longer live in Malaysia but I have many friends and family who do. And I identify with it so intrinsically. Even when I eventually become Australian as a formality, I’d be proud to say I have my roots in Malaysia. My birthday wish for Malaysia is to see it achieve first-world status by 2020 as planned and leave all the ugliness behind.

Selamat Hari Merdeka. Selama Hari Kebangsaan Malaysia.

[tags]Malaysia, Malaysian, Merdeka, racial politics[/tags]

17 thoughts on “Happy 49th Birthday Malaysia

  1. malaysian at heart

    Its strangely touching how unwilling we are to let go of our Malaysian identity – I get funny stares when I say I will not ever hold a british passport.

    In this love hate relationship with the country of our birth, love still surpasses all

    happy birthday malaysia (and reucas :P)

  2. Rob

    I find the nasi lemak at Chan bros pretty good, but I’m not Malaysian so I have an excuse if you think its rubbish. it gets sold out pretty quick tho so you have to go early on Sat morning if you can drag yourself outta bed with a hangover.

  3. jl

    Mmmmm…. did someone say ‘nasi lemak’? *goes into daze*

    Actually, i’d forgotten about Hari Merdeka. Clearly, i’ve been away for too long. Thanks for the reminder. 🙂

  4. mooiness Post author

    Rob: thanks for the tip. Will try it out if and when I wake up early on a Sat morning. Heh.

    sourrain: nope, sorry. Can’t help you there. Wahaha!

    JL: haha you too!? I think Nasi Lemak is the quintessential Malaysian dish. 🙂

  5. Larawannabe

    about the 3rd world mentality thingy, i’m just flabbergasted that someone with an oxford degree has the ‘mentality’ to use the racial ticket yet again y’know? and then when caught, try to support his claim has a religious background to it. wtf?

  6. mooiness Post author

    Lara: it is kinda bewildering isn’t it? All that education and exposure to the “outside” world and the kampung mentality persists. Or maybe it’s just politics as usual, which is quite depressing. All these years and they are still harping on about the same issues.

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