When I was just a school girl, I remembered standing in a line in the morning assembly. I used to hate it to boot, and would constantly pray so that the rain would fall…so that I don’t have to stand there like a dumb idiot, listening to the craps my school headmistress tries to drill into the students thick skull. Every week will be the same thing. It’ll always be about cleanliness and she’ll chide on how noisy the students were.
Then there was the singing of patriotic songs and the state songs after the national anthems. I never did understood why we had to sing so many songs in school, and I would sing halfheartedly each and every time, without failed and looked forward to the time where the singing session would end, cuz when the singing session finally ends, we’ll be dismissed and I can finally root my butt to the chair and I can start looking forward to recess.
As of late, I missed those patriotic songs. One of those songs is the one below… I am not sure if any of you remembered this, because it is very, very ancient. Dating back in 1992. I was in standard 2, then. This is the song… I don’t remember the song title, though. I would be eternally grateful if any of you could provide me with the title of this song. I only remembered the lyric, cuz I sang it every goddamn day during assembly back then.
Puji dan syukur pada Ilahi
Anugerahnya tiada terhingga
Dengan tekad untuk berjaya
Berbakti pada nusa dan bangsa
Kami junjung cita-cita luhur
Perpaduan seluruh negeri
Seia sekata sehati sejiwa
Kami sedia kami setia
Berkorban untuk negara
Bersemarak Malaysia tercinta
Kibarkan panji kebesarannya
Kami rela menjaga namamu
I really used to hate my school assemblies every morning of my school life. But now, I missed it. I missed the patriotic element the school tries to plant into our entire being.
I found myself singing this song the other day, when I was watching news on Malaysian politics. And I wonder… truly, truly wonder…
Puji dan syukur pada Ilahi ( How many of us are giving thanks to God for what we have instead of wanting more?)
Anugerahnya tiada terhingga (He gave us great gifts, and yet…)
Kedamaian kemakmuran (Are we still living in harmony, the way He intend us to?)
Malaysiaku bahagia ( Are we Malaysians truly happy with our country now?)
Dengan tekad untuk berjaya (Are we still motivated? Or we just do things so that we can pay the bills?)
Berbakti pada nusa dan bangsa ( Are we really serving our country? Where does our loyalty lies?)
Kami junjung cita-cita luhur ( Are all our ambitions pure? Or we have bad intentions in our heads?)
Perpaduan seluruh negeri ( Frankly speaking, are we truly united?)
Seia sekata sehati sejiwa ( We are not always in agreement, are we? Just look at us, we bickered over nonsensical matters!)
Menghadapi cabaran ( We don’t challenge ourself and get out of our comfort zones anymore. What happen to that true ‘Malaysia Boleh’ spirit?)
Kami sedia kami setia (Are we truly loyal? We back-stab one another at the first offering of money.)
Berkorban untuk negara (Would we sacrifice ourself for our beloved country when it needs us? Or we’ll migrate at the first sign of distress and instability?)
Bersemarak Malaysia tercinta ( Are we spirited and is Malaysia still respected in the eyes of the world?)
Kibarkan panji kebesarannya (Do we take the trouble to protect our country’s honour?)
Kami rela menjaga namamu (Sadly…we don’t say.. or rather, can’t really speak with pride about Malaysian’s achievements, because there’s so much scandal and nonsense going on these days.)
Sejahtera Malaysia ( This last verse…makes me feel sad… because we are no longer Patriotic…and we can’t really sing patriotic song and really mean it.)
Yes… remembering this song…makes me feel sad. What have we become? And what will become of Malaysia? Let us wake up and face the reality and face the fact that together we’ll stand tall, and divide we’ll fall. Let us honour and grace our country with unity, and prosperity once more, so that our children can live in harmony with one another, and love in their hearts.
Cleffairy: To fight for one’s belief is one thing. And to keep the peace and harmony is another things. Look into the history books, and remember how hard it is for our forefathers to form an independent country.Let’s not forget our roots.