Happy Birthday Malaysia.
Happy Birthday Dad.
Happy Birthday Yvonne.
Happy Birthday Reucas.
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:
- Screenshots (Jeff Ooi): Chia: “It’s nonsense to celebrate Merdeka!”
- Lim Kit Siang » A sombre 49th National Day marred by irresponsible race politicking
- About Nude Not Naked: We Are 49 Years Old Now And What Have We Achieved?
- exordinarily ordinary: Tanggal 31 Ogos – Happy Birthday Malaysia
- MonsterBLOG – Of Merdeka Day – Project Happy Malaysia »
- As Suanie Sees It – suanie’s project happy merdeka
- minishorts.net » I’m happy today.
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]