Sunday, October 11, 2009

Belated Malaysia Day Bash

Yesterday, Najib Razak officially celebrated Malaysia Day in Kuching, Sarawak. The only other Cabinet member who was mentioned to have also attended was Rais Yatim, the Information, Communications and Culture Minister. And this news about this official bash was buried in page 19 of The New Sunday Times and page N6 of The Sunday Star. Isn’t this disgraceful? If we could usher in Malaysia Day on October 10, instead of September 16, the actual date Sarawak, Sabah and states in the peninsula became one – i.e. 24 days later – what does it tell Malaysians? That Malaysia Day is not that important lah. As a Malaysian, wouldn’t you be offended, if not shamed? By the same token, we could also celebrate Merdeka Day on September 24? Any day will do lah! Maybe, that’s why so many Malaysians don’t give a damn about Malaysia Day – except, maybe Sarawakians and Sabahans. It’s very unbecoming that our politicians are getting their priorities all wrong – something as significant as Malaysia Day should be heralded with as much pomp and pageantry on September 16 befitting National Day – any other day would impoverish its importance, squander its significance, lose its meaning. Malaysia Day has become just another day of some relevance to some people. A very sad outcome indeed, especially for those who so readily jumped on the bandwagon, and mindlessly shouting 1 Malaysia.

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