Thursday, September 16, 2010

Malaysia: How Freedom are we?

How freedom is my Malaysia? A country that I love, a country that my forefathers help builds. Soldiers died for this cause, people were murdered and tortured for this great awakening; that we want to own what we owe to have: Freedom! After 53 years of declaration from Merdeka's Day, what freedom do we really achieve?

We all know and thankful to our governments and heroes from the past and present that without the former leaders we cannot enjoy the privileges of basic needs such as water system, electric supply, education, public services etc. We all shall be thankful and praise our God for all this utilities that we have are desired most by poorer countries around the world. Since my history knowledge about Malaysia are limited (don't laugh, yours too not so good okay), I would just like to gives an example on one of my heroes and what contribution that he made during his reigns as Prime Minister, his name is Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad. (16th July 1981 – 31st October 2003)

As like the 3 Prime Ministers before him had their own era and achievements like Tunku Abdul Rahman brought us independence, Tun Abdul Razak brought us development and Tun Hussein Onn brought us unity, Dr. Mahathir's era covered all of it. There are so many landmarks that were his ideas in developing the country such as the Kuala Lumpur Tower, Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA), Petronas Twin Towers and the proudest of all PUTRAJAYA, Cyberjaya and the Formula 1 circuit. (Info is taken from Website) After freedom, our governments and its royal citizen had achieved many successes either within our own country or international stage such as Datuk Nicol Ann David etc.

Having said that, I really thankful for what the freedom in Malaysia had brought us into. Yet there are kinds of freedom that I seek all this while;
  1. Where is the freedom for our children to grow up normally where they can identify themselves as Malaysian rather than Malay, Chinese, Indian or Bumiputra? Which ‘box’ should I tick if I’m not the above?
  2. Where is the freedom of speech? Whenever someone 'voices out' their concern for this country, 'agents' are on their way to arrest us.
  3. Where is the freedom for citizen to choose what they believe? Should they be questioned and under trials and persecutions just because they practice their right as human being called "free will" to choose their own faith?
I can get sue for saying too much but you read the newspaper, you watched our TV news and you yourself witnessed what we are going through if you can just open wide your 'eyes'. Pieces by pieces our freedom slowly shrinks to become bondage in this invisible chains. Can we fix this? Yes we can! It all must start with you! Voice out your concern, fight not without violent but fight with our kindness, love, respect, dignity, patriotism and pride for our country Malaysia. Do not I tell you, do not burn our brothers and sisters holy book for it is not what our Lord taught us to do, but yet to love them with the same love that God had displayed to all of us when He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life: Unconditional Love.

I object to violence because when it appears to do good, the good is only temporary; the evil it does is permanent. - Mahatma Gandhi

Do I sound over patriotism? or over religious? No! I believe that love for our country is our responsibility! I believe that my faith is not religious but relationship toward my Creator, therefore I will fight but not with violent. I believe that freedom that we seek can be 'voice out' if we take the responsibility as citizen of Malaysia and leave the rest to Almighty God in our prayer. Come let us protest against rape, violence & child abuse in this country.

Bob the Builder's friend asking him, "Can we fix this?" Bob and his friends replied, "Yes we can!" But it must start with you. Building a better you is the first step to building a better Malaysia. Get motivated!
God said to build a better world and I said how?
The world is such a cold, dark place and so complicated now.
And I'm so young and useless there is nothing I can do.
But God, in all His Wisdom said, "Just build a better you."
by Zig Ziglar
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