To me, there’s nothing much to shout about this year’s independence day. The excitement is just like decorating Christmas tree…when it’s over, the decorations would have to be taken down, and the excitement will die.
Being negative, aren’t I? Well… I’m sad. Very sad.
To most, Merdeka is just trending topic… on Twitter, on Facebooks, on blogs…on mainstream media. You shout about being independent… how happy, how lucky you are and all sort of things, but what did you do AFTER 31st August? You still go around, spitting and hurling thinly veiled scarcasm on each other’s skin colour, race and religious beliefs.
Now, don’t look at me like that… as if I say the wrong thing. Just browse around in Malaysian blogsphere, and you’d find many people complaining about how nasty people’s temper gets and how awful drivers get when Ramadan starts.When I see that, I can’t help but feel extremely disgusted.
And not just that… just look at the racism issues that’s going on.
How can I feel that we are liberated from the clutches of the conquerers when even the educators are not instilling good values and encouraging racial harmony among the students? How can I feel that we are born in the same country when discriminations is everywhere, including the teachers?
As much as the Prime Minister would have us believe that everyone are one, WE ARE NOT ONE. We are a lot… we are many, we are plural… and we are different. We could never be one, because ‘we’ are plural. We can only complement each other, and be united, but can never be one, not when we cannot respect each other and accept the fact that we are all unique and different in our own ways.
Until then… we are not truly free. We are not truly ‘Merdeka’ in the sense that we are colonized by our own shrewed minds and discrimination. We are prisoners of our own mind. A true patriot does not just tweet around, facebook-ing around, blogging around on that topic just because everyone else does it on that day… but a true patriot would always accept one another’s cultural, and religious belief, and revel on it every day of their life, regardless of special occasion.
Cleffairy: We are plural, we are varieties, we are different, we are imperfect…but we can be united, if only we can accept that we are not just one, but love ourselves for it. Happy 53rd Merdeka, Malaysians.