Facebook has the good and the bad. The good thing is that it can strengthen the ties of long-lost friends or relatives and making new friends or acquaintances along the way; the bad thing is that rumours or alternative opinions can be circulated instantaneously. The realm of World Wide Web is immensely vast; and unfathomable.
“Jalur Gemilang” (The Glorious Stripes). My flag.
Today, Malaysia is celebrating its 55th Independence Day. “MERDEKA!”; a legendary proclaim by Malaysia’s first Prime Minister, Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra Al-Haj at Merdeka Stadium in front of thousands of Malaysians of different races, religions and background. Social contract amongst the races were sealed and to be honoured (hopefully) from generation to generation. Life has been bless in Malaysia although it is not all the time bed of roses. We have great accommodations and opportunities here; we have abundant sources of nature, jobs, and not to forget that a lot of immigrants particularly from Indonesia, Philippines, Bangladesh, Nepal or Vietnam are flocking here to seek working opportunities that are scarce in their homelands.
Legendary Independence Day proclamation by Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra Al-Haj.
Yes, it is not perfect. BUT in comparison to our Third World Countries counterparts and developing countries, Malaysia has indeed achieve a remarkable status in the lifestyles of the inhabitants as well as great infrastructures. However, it is undeniably that there are existences of those in power who abuse their positions – becoming fleas and vermin to the eyes of society. Then again, there are also those who cunningly take the opportunity; venting their own revenges and sly plans via the society’s dissatisfaction! In a nutshell, the “Rakyat” or People are simple sheep surrounded by ravenous wolves.
As Malaysians are among the heaviest users of Facebook (including me), the existence of Facebook is undeniable in the lifestyles of Malaysians – whether in the aspects of politics; religions; entertainments or networking. What I want to focus on the entry of “Merdeka” this year is about the abundant alternative opinions and rumours circulated via Facebook circa this Independence Day – which some of them I feel is very lame and some are simply manipulating the anger of the society (but the society is blind, hence just join the bandwagon!).
How on earth they have the hearts to replace “Jalur Gemilang”? Aren’t they ashamed with Indonesians or Thailand counterparts? Sad scene.
First, it’s about the alternative “flag” by the BERSIH people. Honestly, I am not a Pro-Ruling party or The Lefties (Opposition). I am simply a neutral “Rakyat”. BUT, I think that was just far-fetched! Ridiculous and very embarrassing. I don’t know whether they use their minds or knuckles when they decided to create the uproar; in conjunction to the Independence Day, no less.
With these excuses, you rather kowtow to Great Britain’s “Union Jack” rather than embracing “Jalur Gemilang”? You thought living under Commonwealth Federation is a bliss? My, my…
Secondly, it’s about Sarawak & Sabah; of which the two states were supposed to be entitled as “NEGARA” instead of “NEGERI”. Sarawakians and Sabahans are so excited about that and keep “cut-and-paste” the image. I understand the anger; this all happened because they felt that they have been treated badly as Malaysians; and with double-standard impressions from the Peninsular people (who are IGNORANT! Sheesh!); so by proclaiming these, they sort of like demanding equalities. In this case, I don’t blame them as I understand their anger. I have a lot of good friends from Borneo (Sabah & Sarawak) and I think they are one of the friendliest people ever. But of course the constant ignorant comments or statements by Peninsular people make the volcanoes erupt! NEVERTHELESS, I feel it is a bit politically-driven that all these bits are circulated circa Independence Day. Political-driven, much?
Thirdly is about not acknowledging 31st August 1957 as the Independence Day; instead, raving about 16th September 1963. Of course historically that is the truth. 31st August is the Independence of Malaya whereas 16th September is the Formation of Malaysia. BUT I wonder why before this nobody has every talked about it? Why haven’t anyone question it in the 80s and 90s? Nevertheless, with the existence of Facebook these days, every ounces of arguable facts is utilized to be used to poison the minds of blindfolded society especially the Generation Y. Well, perhaps people did talk about these but last time, it was only verbal transaction so it didn’t leave much impact as now. But with the virtual networking of which you can read and see, all you can is simply to click the “SHARE” button. I guess that’s why it became out of proportions.
Of course, everyone is entitled to his/her own opinions. Prerogative. But that’s what I felt. Honestly, I don’t pick sides. I see the positivity in both sides, The Pros and The Lefties. The existence of The Lefties is actually very important so that The Pros won’t abuse the power entrusted by them. One positive thing that happens with the uprising power of The Lefties that I can give merit is that, The Pros nowadays cannot do as much as they please to abuse the funds or power. See, everything happens with bless in disguise, no?
On whole, I am just a neutral and simple Malaysian who really loves his country. This is my Motherland. I will not tolerate anyone who try to besmirch the harmony of my country. Regardless whatever of your political inclinations or believes, love your country. Whether you have subtle or strong opinions, express you thoughts in civilized manner. All in all, love MALAYSIA. Happy 55th Independence Day, Malaysia! “MERDEKA”!
Google doodle for this year’s Independence Day. “MERDEKA!”