Ramon Navaratnam | How strong is the Merdeka Spirit?
As a proud moderate Malaysian I celebrated our 57th Merdeka with gratitude and loyalty to my country Malaysia.
I recalled prayerfully how I joined our beloved Tunku Abdul Rahman as a Universiti Malaya student at the Merdeka Stadium to shout proudly, “Merdeka, Merdeka!”
Yesterday, I felt good to hear our Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak addressing all of us as “beloved Malaysians” in his live message to the nation.
However, I have to confess that did not feel the same euphoria on this Merdeka Day as I usually do!
Why is this so ? I checked with many friends and they share similar sentiments.
I thought the two MAS tragedies had weighed us down. But no. It was the deep feeling of inner frustration and disappointment that Malaysia could have achieved much more in all fields.
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