Iâ€™m sure many of you are enjoying the holiday even though itâ€™s just one day. The weather is so good today. Great for outing. As for me, I think Iâ€™ve just wasted this wonderful day sitting in front of the computer composing this post, Facebooking, deleting spams and etc. Whateverâ€¦ In fact, Iâ€™m supposed to be in Singapore now for holiday but due to some issues the plan had to be canceled.
Anyway, I realize that this yearâ€™s Merdeka celebration is very quiet, even the national celebration was done in the indoor stadium at Bukit Jalil instead of having it outdoor. Not only that, it seems like many Sarawakians and Sabahans arenâ€™t really in the mood to celebrate it too, at least thatâ€™s what I notice in my Facebook. Almost all(the East Malaysians) said that they feel that it is not significant to them and all they care is the Malaysia Day on the 16th September. To them, they said that 31st August is the independence of Malaya(West Malaysia) and itâ€™s not independence of Malaysia. Wellâ€¦ In a way, itâ€™s logically and correct.
To me, without 31st August, there wonâ€™t be Malaysia. Without the independence of Malaya, there wonâ€™t be Malaysia. However, saying that 31st August is Malaysiaâ€™s independence day is not right. Malaysia was only formed on 16th September 1963 when Sabah and Sarawak joined the federation.
Until this day, Iâ€™m proud to be a Malaysian(especially a Sarawakian) despite all the shortcomings of the country. We are so much better than other countries, we are very lucky to be able to live peacefully and for you to able to be here and read this post, it is enough to be thankful of as you are not out there trying to scavenge for food, have no water or electricity, sleeping on the street and so on. We should be thankful for that. No doubt we complain about this and that but thatâ€™s just part of life, who doesnâ€™t complain? Everyone has their own opinion on every single thing. We cannot deny that. Furthermore, you can afford to complain about the lousy broadband, the food served in some eateries being not nice, lousy customer service and so on unlike other countries which are war-torn and poor, those people don’t get the luxury of complaining about these petty stuffs.
However, I still donâ€™t get the 1Malaysia thing, sorry. Iâ€™m too dumb to understand as we here have been living harmoniously together, at least for this part of Malaysia.
Muslims or non-Muslims sitting together in a non-halal open air market or coffee shop enjoying each other company and eating from the same plate, itâ€™s not an issue.
Non-Muslim eating or drinking in front of the Muslims during fasting month, it is also never an issue. Of course, most will not do it in front of their Muslim friends out of respect but even if itâ€™s done, itâ€™s not an issue.
Muslims and non-Muslims sitting together in an eatery, one having mee goreng and another having kolomee(pork version) is not an issue too! So, 1Malaysia is in a way irrelevant to us(Sabahans and Sarawakians).
Besides that, Iâ€™m sure we all notice some fine prints stating â€œValid in Malaysia. Inclusive of Sabah and Sarawakâ€ or otherwise. *LOL* OKâ€¦ Really *LOL* Iâ€™m speechless. 1Malaysia eh? Arenâ€™t Sabah and Sarawak in Malaysia?
No matter what, thatâ€™s what happening around us, thatâ€™s parts and parcels of our lives here. Thereâ€™s still a long way to go for Malaysia, thereâ€™s still a lot to learn and grow. Itâ€™s never easy.
At least I know Iâ€™m proud of my citizenship unlike some people that who are Malaysians but not living in Malaysia because they said that they see no hope and feel ashame with the country at the same time having the nerves to challenge or direct us Malaysians living in Malaysia to fight for our rights, calling us names and so on as if they are living above the rest yet they themselves take the easy way out by leaving the country.
Comâ€™on, if you are so great and so concern of your home country, you should be here to fight for what you think is good and not talk cock and â€œdirectingâ€ the people here to do whatever you think that should be done by hiding outside the country! Talk is cheap, anyone can talk. Can you do it? You can’t. Also, commented us for being stupid and so on. You sure have your rights of speech but I do no respect people like you and Iâ€™m sure other Malaysians wonâ€™t appreciate your 2 cents too. We donâ€™t have to hear from cowards like you.
Just like what some people said, “kalau tidak suka, keluar!“, keluarlah you goâ€¦ If you can afford it, then why not, right? If you canâ€™t, how? You will have to fight for your survival here. For those that manage to keluar, you donâ€™t have to look down on those who canâ€™t afford to do it, you should salute them for having the guts to stay back unlike you, they are stronger than you are, they make the unfavourable situation works for them. No matter how fuck up their country is, it’s still home for them.
Lastly, hope all of you have a great holiday. Itâ€™s back to work again tomorrow.