It's that time of the year again that you just feel that little bit more patriotic if you are in this region of South East Asia. Malaysia celebrates its independence along with her neighbours Indonesia and Singapore just weeks apart.
You cannot help but to question what have we learned as an independent nation. What is the meaning of independent in today's borderless environment? Is it still meaningful to be identified by our country of origin? It seems that it did nothing more than establishing some common talking points in this world of possibilities where even the sky is no longer the limit.
Yet, we are being rendered to an age old question as to whether we are Malaysians, really. Strangely, that acknowledgment seems to stop in the column that asked about your citizenship. And then there is an automatic column of 'RACE' that never failed to remind all Malaysians of its real origin one layer further. It's like peeling an ONION, your get teary as you get closer to the absolute core! Of course, the million dollar question of WHY? Does it really matter which one comes first?
I guess if I am in Senate of the Old Galactic Republic in the Star Wars Universe, I would be representing the Milky Way. Then the Solar System, follow by Planet Earth. Automatically, I am an Earthling.
Among the Earthlings, I am then a Homo Sapien.
Among the Homo Sapiens (or Human), I am from the Oriental East. Or more commonly known as an Asian.
Among the Asians, I would then be a Malaysian (after all, we keep reminding you that we are “Truly Asia”)
Among the Malaysians, I would automatically be categorised as a Chinese (in ethnicity).
Among the 'Chinese', I will then be a Hakka (for the dialect that my paternal parent speaks).
Among the Hakka, I would be then again be grouped as 'Tai Pu' for the tribe and area my ancestors were found before they landed in this beautiful peninsular.
I guess this is only a human nature where we seek for the common. Being patriotic is after all a political idea, your passionate affiliation to the land that you are born into and grown to love transcend boundary. It all started in RESPECT leading to the ultimate TRUST unquestionably.
Like an ONION again, TRUST grows strong layer by layer over a period of time. If any of the layers get rotten in the process, the whole ONION will be spoiled beyond repair save for the pain of separation that cut the onion apart and of course time is key element in that equation! If it all starts from RESPECT, it should always be gained and never given (as it is not sustainable that way)
Remember, the greatest impact started small like the hurricane caused by the flap of the butterfly wings weeks before from a distance! To show your love to this 'Tanah Tumpahnya Darahku', start practising RESPECT to everything Malaysian!
I guess this is my “Cover Version” of Niemoller’s “First They Came…” that goes something like this…
“First they came for the communists,
and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a communist.
Then they came for the trade unionists,
and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a trade unionist.
Then they came for the Jews,
and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a Jew.
Then they came for me
and there was no one left to speak out for me.”
Change starts small and always starts with ME! Time will make such impact it impeccable!
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