last (that word sounds rather prophetic of late) 50 years.
First we are told that we are all one nation one people. All sayang each other and help and support each other to oust our colonial tuan's and sahib's. Ah of course, let's not forget those Commie baargers too. So we all pitched in. One nation, one people.
Then, years later we are told that we are not really so equal la. Because some of us have more than others. And so must share share la. Okay can. After all, we are citizens of the same country ma. Good. Then years later we are told that the sharing ratio must be adjusted la because still not equal wor. Errrr....okay lor. One nation, one people ma.
In more recent times the message has sort of become "Hello we don't need to ask you what. We are in power so we say so. Okay?"
It is really confusing. For everybody. Some politicians wave knives around and shout racist slogans. Then later the same flers try to preach racial and religious tolerance. Some politicians announce that some communities must get more than others because they have less and need help to catch up with the others. The same flers then tell the same audience that they must share development contracts with all the other groups. It's only fair. Huh?
And so the whole shameful show rolls on la.
And then ah...today in The Star...for me la...the most irritating 50th birthday celebration "gift". More rules on how to be patriotic. Okay la, some of you are probably saying that I am making a mountain out of a molehill la. But the story at the bottom of page N13 really pissed me off la.
How to be patriotic!!! I cringe every time some dumb ass clowns with a YB prefix tries to tell me HOW I should show my love for the country of my birth.
It was about the Do's and Don't's of displaying the National Flag. I won't even begin to go into the stupidity of some of the stuff listed there. You go and read it and get pissed off by yourself please.
Approaching our 50th birthday and our elected politicians treat us like little errant children.
Anyway, Mr. YB and YAB and whatever else you want to call yourselves, when are you going to learn that patriotism isn't shown by flying a flag. Less so if the flag is given out free at some toll booth. Patriotism isn't a once a year affair. So please la. Don't tell us to be patriotic once a year and then expect us to go back to being the clueless sheep that you want to re-elect you into office at the next elections.
p/s Actually ah...if you look around there is a reason for the detectable feeling of desperation from those flers in charge of firing up the annual show of patriotism. Nobody seems to be giving much of a shit about it. Look around KL. Not too many buildings have the flag up. Look at the cars. Not too many of them have the flags flapping. There have been veiled threats by the 'authorities'. Fly the flag or else kind of thing. But still not much happening la. Newspapers and TV give daily reports of how 'patriotic' some communities are. Doing this and that. But watching and reading these stories I get the feeling that it is a vain attempt at wagging the dog when the dog's long dead. Sad thing is that all these things mean that yours and my tax money goes down the longkang. Again!