53 yrs have passed & we have seen so much change, so much improvement & crises in our nation.
As it's been for 53 yrs, 31st Aug will be met with celebration, patriotism & sheer joy in remembering that same Merdeka cheer.
But I feel Malaysia is now at crossroads; every step we take will either bring our country to a better future or stagnant despair. This coming Aug 31st sadly doesn't make me very happy because I don't see much progress as we should be making. All I see is:
i) the ruling party spewing 1Malaysia as the reason to NOT work harder for us
ii) the opposition party having internal spats like dogs over a bone
iii) racism still prevalent in this country: take the case of the headmistress who distastefully called minority groups "penumpang" & that they can return to their "home countries" during school assembly (why hasn't ISA knocked on her door yet?)
iv) an education system that needs a revamp...yet people STILL think we shouldn't use English as the medium for Science & Maths.
v) poverty. mental illnesses. crime. senseless murders: I recall the stabbing of a woman who had just survived cancer.
vi) Malaysian youth = materialism + recklessness.
vii) a harsh & unforgiving society: how can baby hatches be wrong when we're too "scared" to talk about sex education?
What I really want for Malaysia:
i) Transparency. The laws are there. Why are they not in use? Why are politicians making a joke of themselves?
ii) Equality. NEP is no longer relevant. How is a poor Indian or Chinese any different from a poor Malay?
iii) 1Malaysia. I still see myself as a Malaysian Chinese. Do you see yourself as a MALAYSIAN or a (insert race here)?
iv) Development. Collapsing stadiums built on taxpayers' money is the perfect analogy of what will happen if we do not improve ourselves to compete in the real world competition.
v) Maturity. We cannot keep pretending that gays are not humans, that our little girls will grow up & that baby dumping is a trend. Where is the initiative to change society to become more compassionate?
Maybe in the future, I will be looking forward to Merdeka celebrations. But for now, I'm going to work on Mon & on Tue, I'm just gonna sleep in because it's a significant day gone to goddamn shame.