There’s so many thing going on in August 2008. Olympic is coming, woohoo, two more days to go, as well as the Hungry Ghost Festival. 8.8.2008 is also coming, so by all means, please avoid Thean Hou Temple as well as other marriage registration spot to avoid massive traffic jams, because there are so many couples decided to mark their relationship by getting married on that ‘auspicious’ date. Personally,Â I don’t really think that the ‘date of marriage’ matters much, as long as couples love each other and honour all of their matrimonial oath, then I think everything will be all right.
Then, my fellow Malaysians, there’s this particular date…you guys know what date? It’s 31st August. Hmm, what date is it? Is it Princess Diana’s death day anniversary? Yes, it is, but this particular date bears a bigger significance to fellowÂ Malaysians than Princess Diana’s death anniversary.Â This coming 31st August marks 51 years of our country’s independence from British colonial.
I’m writing this over my tea and sandwich, so pardon the gibberish. Eating also makes me think, and I’m truly wondering why the government is not making much effort to celebrate Independence day this year? Why? 51 years of independence from British colonial is not as important as celebrating 50 years of independence? Our government take great pains to promote last year’s independence day which marks our 50 years of independence, but I don’t see they’re doing anything to promote it this year. AmÂ I missing something here? Did they do anything to promote our independence day this year? By this date, last year, free Malaysian flags and stuff has been distributed generouslyÂ but this year, there’s not a whisper about ‘Merdeka’ at all. Being independent for 50 years is more important than being independent for 51 years? Why are the government not campaigning for independence day this year? No money? But then again, it seems that they had allocate some amount for the Permatang Pauh by-election. Why can’t they do the same for independence day?
Obviously, I’m not missing anything. The government seems to forget about our independence day in the midst of POLITICKING and busy trying to gain the citizen’s support in the coming Permatang Pauh’s by election, contested by big bananas and small bananas alike. The Election Commission has set Aug 16 for nomination and Aug 26 for polls for the Permatang Pauh by-election, andÂ everyone seems to be busy for that particular by lection.Â Ah yes. To the government and most politicians our there, campaigning for the by election is far more important than celebrating being liberated from British’s clutches for 51 years.
In their quest for power, the government and opposition alike seems to be forgetting their root. If our forefathers was not visionary and patriotic enough to send delegates to England and request Her Majesty The Queen Elizabeth IIÂ to grant us independence, those power thirsty creeps don’t even stand chance to be contesting in the Permatang Pauh by-election. They’ll probably go around shouting “Long live the Queen” or “Lord save the Queen” instead of “I’ll bring down fuel price by yadda yadda cents” or “Trust me, I’ll make your life better if I become the PM tomorrow”.
Seeing the politicians behaving like some forgetful and ungrateful bastards who only have interestÂ power and money instead of the citizens, I wonder if being free from the clutch of British’s claw is good after all. Long gone are the patriotic spirit, and long gone are the spirit of enriching our own citizens. Is this coming 31st August going to mark 51 years of independence or it’s just going to be another free off day for us to sleep at home? I can no longer answer that because obviously, we are not really independent and liberated in many ways.
Cleffairy:Â I used to look forward to celebrating independence day because it reminds me to be grateful of what I have today, butÂ I can’t say the same this year.Â I can only be grateful that my family is with me instead of being grateful for a prosperous country.