A Patriot Who Will Not Stick Flags All Over Her Vehicle…..
Posted by ErnieJean on August 29, 2008
This morning, as I was savouring the stillness and freshness of the morning air with a nice aromatic cup of coffee, as I usually do before preparing for work, a fleet of helicopters merrily roared their presence, disrupting that quiet time of mine, and in the process, woke my sleeping babies up.
“Oh yea lah……….Merdeka is this Sunday, hor!!”
For the past few days, folks in the Klang Valley have had to put up with the inconvenience of massive traffic jams caused mainly by the daily rehearsals, which picked up momentum since the beginning of the final week before the big day. The main stream media have been playing their part to the “T” with daily photos of the rehearsals and stories of patriotism, to pump up the anticipation and excitement.
So, why am I not at all excited? We’re 51 years old already leh.
Does that mean my patriotism is questionable, due to this lack of enthusiasm? How does one define a patriot, by the way?
I used to look forward to the celebrations every National Day, during my younger days, never failing to tune in to RTM, delightfully soaking in the festive mood of the occasion. This enthusiasm was perhaps fuelled by my participation in one of those parades when I was 16. But as I entered adulthood, promoted to motherhood soon after, that “innocence” diminished, replaced by cynicism.
Perhaps, it’s got to do with the effects of 51 years of mismanagement by the current ruling coalition and the bumbling way they handle the national issues, from social to the economy of this country. Simple issues, like the “bastardisation” of our original majestic composition of “NegaraKu” to some pop-wannabe tune, to more complicating stuff such as their refusal to quit racial politics, have left a very bitter taste in my mouth…..anyone else of the same sentiment?
While those who call themselves leaders of Malaysia continue to
– harp on special rights and privilages;
– shrug off the misuse of public funds and corruption;
– endorse thuggerish activities, SELECTIVELY;
– dish out stupid statements such as “Change Your Lifestyle” while they do the total opposite;
– divide and rule along racial and religious lines;
– exert their authoritarian style of governing to cling onto power,
ordinary folks like me continue to slog on, battling the rising cost of living with stagnant income, so that our kids are provided with decent education, food, clothing, roof over their heads and childhood memories to treasure when they grow up…..and that is only if National Service doesn’t rob them of their adulthood first, if you know what I mean.
But does that all make me less of a Malaysian?
I may not stick many little flags all over my car, don “Jalur Germilang”ed clothings and certainly not misinterpret loyalty to country equals to loyalty to the ruling party, but the passion and will to see this nation and her people move forward, with good governance and the refusal to prejudicially judge a fellow Malaysian because of colour or religion, certainly would qualify me as a Patriotic Malaysian, don’t you think?
Now that the voters have pulled yet another “political tsunami” on the ruling coalition, with the recent landslide victory of our new Opposition Leader, scaring the shit out of those goons who have been holding on to the nation’s coffers for far too long, perhaps there comes now that much awaited light at the end of tunnel (however cheesy it may sound :-p).
And perhaps, in due course, the enthusiasm to experience the true meaning of Merdeka will re-emerge………until then, August 31st will just be but another public holiday (and the birthday of a dear dear friend J)