Friday, August 31, 2007

Terima Kasih 1: To Rais Yatim for The Lack of Fireworks From Petronas Twin and KL Towers!

Congratulations, Rais Yatim. All the focus was on the Merdeka Square. At the stroke of midnight, it was like nothing. Not even sure if there were fireworks there.

Where are the fireworks coming from the Petronas Twin Towers and KL Tower?

Some random fireworks. Probably from some shopping centre:

But seriously, what is there to celebrate? I turned off the TV once I see such an incompetent PM insulting our Tunku Abdul Rahman by re-enacting his Merdeka shouts. And not to mention that particular gobloke who wasn't even elected by the public (no, not even the party members) lowering the flag. Irks me a lot. And two comments over at Natty's post say the best of what I felt:

johnleemk // Aug 31, 2007 at 12:54 am
Watching the celebrations on TV was difficult. Why do you have to be a member of BN to celebrate our independence? Does BN = Malaysia? An MCA flag at a celebration of the Malaysian nation is just as out of place as a Golkar flag would be at a celebration of the Indonesian nation.

And as an aside, Ong Ka Ting’s observation isn’t novel by any means. It was exactly the same thing said by Tan Siew Sin when he urged the Chinese to support the MCA prior to and after the catastrophic 1969 elections.

Beh Sai Kong // Aug 31, 2007 at 8:35 am
Like johnleemk, I was really upset upon seeing the UMNO, BN and MCA flags amidst the Malaysian flags. As you drive into the toll booths, you are confronted with the giant pictures of BN leaders. BN has made itself synonymous with nationalism. It is revolting. Henceforth, to be patriotic, to love the nation, is to love BN. They have taken everything from us even our national symbols. Who is to blame? We the voters. This is what we deserve when we give BN a 90% seat majority. BN is Malaysia, Malaysia is BN. By making their parties synonymous with the national Merdeka celebrations, BN has desegrated our national symbols. Isn’t there a law against this?

The day when Lim Kit Siang, Anwar Ibrahim, Haji Abdul Hadi Awang and even Chin Peng stand together at the podium, only I'll consider celebrating Merdeka. Whatever year it is.

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