Lest We Forget…We are All Are Malaysians For Better or For Worse

Posted: November 21, 2010 in Bangsa Malaysia, Blogging and Democracy, Freedom of Expression, Freedom of Speech, Society, Voting

I was rather moved by the excellent write up by Dr.Mus on patriotism in Malaysia.Through the written word he singled out various acts of patriotism that clearly displayed acts of love for the country, we call home, despite it being called everything but love for the country.

But can you really blame them?

We are often blinded by the things we do not want to see, acknowledge or believe in. In their case, they do not want to acknowledge that Malaysian despite their color or creed, love their country and care enough to want to see change, to want to question, to want to make it better.

As Dr.Mus explains very eloquently, patriotism comes in many shapes and sizes ..It is most definitely not confined to the 1Malaysia formula that is constantly stuffed down our throats through various mediums. It is bigger than that, it is bigger than all of us.

It not about kawtow-ing to the government and following everything they say.Now, that is not love nor patriotism..that’s obedience or the act of conforming.

I’m talking about that intense desire, care, sense of belonging that makes the best of us still remain in Malaysia when we could have easily migrated.

Many say, if you do not like what you see, why not you just leave! If you do love for your country, I’d say stay and fight to see it better. Isn’t that what you’d do for a person you love?

Voting is also another act of love for the country. Too see it being governed well, for it to be fair, for it to have a chance in the world… I never knew this until most recently..Every vote counts.

“If you don’t start making a change through at least voting, do not sit here and tell me even for a moment that you desire change or that you have love for this country”. Action speak louder than words! “

Someone very wise told me that a couple of years ago when I was doing my research on the blogosphere. I ended up voting because for the first time, cause I knew that the act of voting was an act of love for my country as I wanted to see change. I was not happy with what I saw but does that make me love my country less hell no. Yes, I do possibly on a daily basis criticize a lot of decisions or actions taken by the administration but does that lessen my love for the country? Hell no!

It’s simply because I care enough that I say anything at all! Lest we forget, we are all Malaysians, for better or for worse. I’ll be there. We are not on the opposing side, we are not the enemies, we are just citizens of this beautiful land we call Malaysia!

Read here for Dr.Mus take on “this thing called love for Malaysia” at http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/opinion/article/this-thing-called-love-for-malaysia/.

P.s: Read this poem below by Rudyard Kipling;

The tumult and the shouting dies;
The Captains and the Kings depart:
Still stands Thine ancient sacrifice,
An humble and a contrite heart.
Lord God of Hosts, be with us yet,
Lest we forget lest we forget!

Far-called, our navies melt away;
On dune and headland sinks the fire:
Lo, all our pomp of yesterday
Is one with Nineveh and Tyre!
Judge of the Nations, spare us yet,
Lest we forget lest we forget!

If, drunk with sight of power, we loose
Wild tongues that have not Thee in awe,
Such boastings as the Gentiles use,
Or lesser breeds without the Law
Lord God of Hosts, be with us yet,
Lest we forget lest we forget!

For heathen heart that puts her trust
In reeking tube and iron shard,
All valiant dust that builds on dust,
And guarding, calls not Thee to guard,
For frantic boast and foolish word
Thy mercy on Thy People, Lord!

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