Sunday, August 14, 2005

VJ Day

Tomorrow is August 15th, 2005. The 60th anniveresary of VJ Day. To me, it is the starting point towards our Independence. It is also one of the ugly sides of our history, as the Bintang Tiga virtually reign unopposed for two weeks, increasing tensions between Chinese and Malay communities. You might already known what had happened and I will not discuss them here since my knowledge on what happened in those two weeks are vague and patchy.

Three years and eight months of Japanese occupation brought much hardship and suffering to the people of this country. We emerged from it filled with nationalism. We do not wish to be ruled by a foreign power anymore, to be free to choose our own destiny.

It is agreed then, that Chinese and Indians who fulfilled the conditions required are able to obtain citizenship. Understandable, and I do not see any reason as to not to.

Dr. Lim Keng Yaik's call is heard. Unfortunately, people already jumped on his statement and reminded him not to question the 'social contract', again the type that does not want to hear to reason. They seem to say, that after all these years those who have sacrificed so much for this country are still, in a sense, second class citizens. Some might not agree with the term, but the meaning is still the same. Prejudice in the country you are born in?

Malaysian Malaysia!

Post-scriptum: I am a Malay. To be more exact, a Sarawakian Bumiputera.

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