The merdeka anniversary and Malaysia day have been combined. We celebrate both tomorrow September 16, 2011. How joyously, we'll know tonight and tomorrow.
For about a month the Minister of Information, Culture and Heritage had been exhorting Malaysians through the radio and TV to fly the Jalur Gemilang. Response? See and judge for yourself. I for one don't like to be exhorted or psyched into doing something which should be done through a sense of responsibilty and pride. You don't inculcate or evoke such feeling through exhortstion. In fact some people consciously refrain from doing something when pressured to do so.
I wonder why Malaysians in the peninsular had been so unenthusiastic about flying the Jalur Gemilang in the past.? Only a few cars and some buildings and houses are doiing so. In fact I see the rural people flying the flag more enthusiastically than those in the urban centers.
(As for Sabah and Sarawak we will only know how they respond to the occasion tomorow). Is it because they don't share the feeling of pride and joy on the anniversary day of Merdeka or they are too busy celebrating it in some other ways which the flag doesn't in any way enhance orcontribute to? Whatever the reason is, it surely cannot be that they do not love the country which had given them the peace and prosperity that they now enjoy. Unless they are the most ungrateful type of human species on earth!
I would rather think that the reluctance or indifference is due to some unhappiness about the way things are in thus country. The unhappiness is not strong enough to bring people out onto the street to protest but also not petty enough be ignored and forgiven. Thus the people show their disapproval in the mildest manner possibke by flouting some simple things that the government asks them to do. It's more like a refusal of a baby or a child to take his or her milk becase the parents failed to give them something that they want. Yes, it's a childish act but it does bother the loving parents and sometimes forces them to to fulfil the whims and fancies of the child. It's one of the ways of getting bsck at those who love you.
When it comes to the question of showing our gratitude to the government, a reluctance to do so can often take the form of a lack of love for the country. " I love the conntry but I don't like the way my child is punished by the school", can be an example of such confused reaction. It is this kind of confused thinking that often led us to doing somthing that can put the nation to shame. It's like the saying: cut the nose to spte the face. It ends up with our face -the Malaysian face - being distorted.
I think there are many other things which Malaysians do as a result ofbthis confusec thinking. Some Malaysians resort to litering the streets as a prWotest against the action of the City or Town Council which they don't like. Some resort to writing foul words on prominent wall surfaces - writing graffeti. Other serious forms include destroying public property - vandalusm. - and throwing paints on cars, even perhaps throwing acid on the handsome and beautiful faces of people just because your face is not. This lstter action is of corse more a matter of mental sickness, paranoia or an advanced hatred of humanity. Such an advanced hatred against the community would produce the psychopaths while an advanced hatred against the nation would produce traitors and terrorists.
So, on the eve of our national celebration day, let's take stock of the possiible implications of the reluctancemor refusal to fly the national flag - the Jalur Gemilang. The scarcity of the national symbol being waved around or flying proudly from the windows and the roofs of prominent buildings, may be symptomatic of something amiss in the nation. Don't just exhort the people to fly the flag. Find out what is amiss.