Tuesday, September 01, 2009
So many reasons or excuses have been given for the scaled down celebration events for this year's Merdeka Day. The H1N1 Flu pandemic, the holy month of Ramadan, poor economy etc. Okay.
But as I read about the little march-past on the grounds of Parliament House yesterday, the thought that comes to my mind is "Why have any 'public' celebration at all???"
Parliament House is out -of-bounds to all except the so-called VIP's and the YB's so most Malaysians aren't allowed in to witness or take part in the 'celebrations' and must watch it on television anyway. Looking at the photographs of the YB's and VIP's at the Merdeka Day 'patriotic' show yesterday I get the impression that Malaysia does not belong to the Rakyat but to the small group of VIP's gathered in the grounds of Parliament House yesterday. Don't you? While the rest of us remain outside Parliament House contemplating what is happening to our country recently, what with cow head protests, caning drinking models, deteriorating education system, flip-flopping elected people's representatives, rising fuel costs etc., the small group of Malaysians who are not affected at all by any of the above gathered to 'celebrate'. How ironic!!!
A small consolation is being able to see the VIP's all wearing black or dark blue which is reflective of this year's mood during this period of our history although I cannot believe that the VIP's even realised or cared that their wardrobe colour choice was quite significant.