31 August 2020 06:40
COMMENT | After 63 years of independence and eight prime ministers (including one who returned the second time), Malaysia is nowhere near the dream of becoming a land of "happy abode". When Tunku proclaimed independence to the 20,000 crowd at Stadium Merdeka on that "greatest day" in the country's history, he passionately hoped that the peninsula, now freed from the chain of colonialism, would be a "beacon of light in a disturbed and distracted world". Granted, the country had made great strides in various fields of endeavour but in modern Malaysia, there is a feeling of uneasiness at the way the narrative has been unfolding. For 20 years, Google has crafted special iterations of its logo called Doodles to celebrate selected momentous occasions all over the world. From time to time, the company would release Google Doodles for Malaysia as well and Merdeka Day 2020 is the latest in the list.
This time around, Google has chosen orangutan as the theme for its Doodle. Naturally, users would be ushered to the search results page for Hari Merdeka when they clicked on the Doodle at Google Malaysia's home page. This is not the first time that Google has chosen an animal theme for its Merdeka Day's Doodle. Our national flower, Bunga Raya or hibiscus rosa-sinesis has also been the subject of Google Doodle for Merdeka Day multiple times over the years. There were plenty of Malaysian-themed Doodles that Google has released for more than 10 years, so do head on to its archive over here if you want to check them out.
The theme of National Day and Malaysia Day this year is Malaysia Cares, appreciating and elevating the role of all parties regardless of race and political persuasion, especially in the face of the Covid-19 pandemic. SEREMBAN, Aug 30 — The theme of National Day and Malaysia Day this year is Malaysia Cares, appreciating and elevating the role of all parties regardless of race and political persuasion, especially in the face of the Covid-19 pandemic. Negri Sembilan Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Aminuddin Harun said the real concern shown by Malaysians was to ensure peace, stability and prosperity could be maintained in this beloved land of Malaysia. Aminuddin added, for the 63rd time, Malaysians would be celebrating National Day in a state of peace and well-being. "Officially, this is the 63rd National Day according to the day of the announcement of Independence on August 31, 1957 by Tunku Abdul Rahman at the Merdeka Stadium.
To me, Merdeka is about patriotism, aptly described by Wikipedia as "Patriotism or national pride is the feeling of love, devotion and sense of attachment to a homeland and alliance with other citizens who share the same sentiment. This attachment can be a combination of many different feelings relating to one's own homeland, including ethnic, cultural, political or historical aspects." Throughout these years, despite the political turbulence, upheaval, the sudden turn of events of unfamiliar collapse of government in 22 months, I remain loyal to the country and the government of the day. Having got involved with Malaysian politics at the age of 18 for a few months, I loathed the practices which and habits which shaped Malaysia's politics, race, religion, caste and a litany of other issues. Malaysia – the country where I will spill my blood to protect it, if called upon to do, is still my country, even though I am more of a non-Malaysian resident for the past 27 years. On that subject, the Embassy of Malaysia may want to consider starting Bahasa Malaysia classes for Malaysians who were born and reside in Cambodia. Language can also bond Malaysians here while at the same time, gaining insights on the happenings there in Malaysia and the various culture and rituals. These aspects of simple everyday life, taken for granted, can shape a better Malaysia and Malaysians, especially those who are living outside Malaysia. Selamat Hari Merdeka, my fellow Malaysians.