I believe, one day, Malaysia will be a society born of respect for law and order, glued and united in racial and religious accord and harmony, and will henceforth progress and develop into a true democracy built on principles of fairness, justice and meritocracy.
The 48th Malaysia Day is being celebrated today. It was 6 years and 16 days to the date after the first prime minister–YAB Tunku Abdul Rahman’s procla- mation of “Merdeka!” (Independence) that the Triple-S states joined to form Malaysia. The triple-S states were Sabah, Sarawak and Singapore. Unfortu- nately, due to political differences on governance, Singapore withdrew from this pact and became an independent city state on 9 August 1965.
It’s now 8.00 a.m. As the national anthem “Negaraku” (My Country) is being aired live on TV from Dataran Merdeka (Indepen- dence Square) in Kuala Lumpur, I wish all Malaysians a Happy Malaysia Day. As the live tele- cast for today’s celebration con- tinues, I shall put my thoughts into words. My reflection on what Malaysia can be as she marches towards to becoming a developed nation by 2020, a national vision originated from from the 4th Prime Minister, His Excellency, Tun Dr. Mahatir Mohamad.
It is a day for all to reflect the progress the country has achieved. Last night, the current Prime Minister, His Excellency, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak made an impassioned speech on television to share his vision of Malaysia’s aspiration to become a modern democracy, mature and functioning. YAB Datuk Seri Najib also revealed that his government would champion civil liberty and racial harmony to embody the 1Malaysia concept he had previously launched.
Three key points from Prime Minister Najib’s pre-Malaysia Day speech are:
1) Total repeal of the Internal Security Act, introduced in 1960, a draconian law rejected by modern, educated Malaysians. The ISA hitherto has given police indefinite power to detain people indefinitely.
2) Total repeal of the Emergency Ordinance, enacted after the May 13 1969 race riots. Under EO, the Home Ministry has been given unchallenged mandate to issue arrest warrants of suspects and their detention for up to two years.
3) Removal of the Annual Renewal of Press and Publication permits. From now, all current holders of approved permits no longer need to reapply for permits to publish media content.
Another development that would undergo review would be Section 27 of the Police Act 1967. Although the Malaysian constitution guarantees her citizens the right to freedom of peaceful assembly, the law in operation requires that police permission be obtained before gatherings of 5 and more people could proceed, irregardless such meeting took place on private premises or on public grounds. This law will now be reviewed.
As the “Jalur Gemilang” (Glorious Stripes (of the Malaysian Flag)) is being sung, a sea of Malaysian mini flags are waved in a flurry of emotion and elation, and as Malaysia celebrates Malaysia Day, it is my belief that one day, Malaysia will be a society born of respect for law and order, glued and united in racial and religious accord and harmony, and will henceforth progress and develop into a true democracy on principles of fairness, justice and meritocracy. When all these happen, only then can we acclaim Malaysia is truly 1Malaysia. Only then will the spirit of unity among races portrayed in the “A Malaysian Boy” become a reality.
The onus is now on every citizen to uphold the rights each is enshrined with, and on the sitting government to walk the talk to truly transform Malaysia into a venerated country in the eyes of the world. Rise, Malaysians, go boldly with a vision to create a Malaysia that is democratic and meritocratic. There is nothing to fear but fear itself. Go boldly to conquer from peak to peak the social ills and injustices, for in the words of Goethe, “”Boldness has Genius, Power and Magic in it.” Selamat Hari Malaysia Ke-48. Salam. Peace to All.
The onus is now on every citizen to uphold the rights each is enshrined with, and on the sitting government to walk the talk to truly transform Malaysia into a venerated country in the eyes of the world.
To cap this post, allow me to share a beautiful 1Malaysia song by Limkokwing University of Creative Technology featuring vocal artistes, Ronnie & Ernie:
REFERENCE & RELATED POSTS:
1. Full text of Prime Minister Najib’s Speech in English from the Sunday Daily.
& Utusan Hari Malaysia (Bahasa Malaysia) from the Prime Minister’s Office.
2. Selamat Hari Merdeka and Selamat Hari Raya Aidil Fitri
3. Blog: A Malaysian Boy, A Malaysian Voice
4. A Malaysian Boy — The video on YouTube.
5. MTV Negaraku
6. Lagu Satu Malaysia featuring Ronnie & Ernie on Youtube
7. Blog: I like “Satu Malaysia” Music Video, plus lyrics.