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13 September, 2014

H&N: Bulan Kemerdekaan

Every year around late August and the first half of September we Malaysians will see a strange phenomena. Don't get me wrong, it is not strange to us, just observers who have no idea what is going on. There will be a bunch of drivers sticking one or more Jalur Gemilang (National flag) on their cars, Petronas and telcos come out with a variety of patriotic advertisements on the TV, Sudirman's voice singing the iconic Tanggal 31 Ogos song on the radio, TV and almost every departmental store! What in the world is going on?

Di sini lahirnya sebuah cinta
It's Bulan Kemerdekaan!!!

I am referring to roughly a month between 31 August (Merdeka day) and 16 September (Malaysia Day) every year. I personally am very excited and passionate about this month. Unfortunately after watching multiple videos and reading surveys online, I noticed there are still so many Malaysians who are... to put it bluntly, blind/deaf/disorientated (sorry for being insulting). It is actually very disappointing that there are many Malaysians out there who do not know the significance of Bulan Kemerdekaan.
I embrace this celebration as though it is my birthday. I have a little Malaysian flag at my desk, a row of flags at my pharmacy counter, sing Negaraku wholeheartedly during monthly assemblies and actually bother to remember all 6 Prime Ministers' full names. Anyway, why not try out the basic Namewee Merdeka quiz. These are questions that every Malaysian should be able to answer instinctively, even standard one students can. So if you cannot answer them, shame on you... hahaha... but seriously how can these REDpeople not get these right?

1. Which year did Malaysia/Malaya declare its independence?

2. Who is Malaysia's Father of Independence?

3. What is the capital city of Pahang?

4. What is the next sentence after "Raja Kita..." in Negaraku?

5. Which of the following famous people are not Malaysians?
P. Ramlee, David Arumugam, Muhammad Ali, Lim Lian Geok

On a lighter note, did you know that there are many Malaysians who made it big internationally and yet nobody seem to know that they are/were Malaysians? Some may surprise you, especially those of you who couldn't answer the questions above.
James Wan (top-left) is a Hollywood producer and director famous for directing Saw, Insidious, The Conjuring and Fast & Furious 7. Dato' Jimmy Choo (top-middle) and Tan Sri Michelle Yeoh (top-right) probably need no introduction as he is one of the most famous shoe designers in the world and she is a well known actress in both Hong Kong and Hollywood movies. Datuk Pua Khein Seng (bottom-left) may not be recognizable at first glance, but his invention of the USB flash drive has revolutionized the tech industry. Yuna (bottom-middle) is an up and coming singer who is currently making her name in MTV scene and had her album produced by Pharell Williams. Ling Tan (bottom-right) is arguably Malaysia's first supermodel, who made it big in international runway shows as the face of top designers around the world.
It has been very sad and unfortunate for Malaysia in the past year with the disappearance of MH370 and the tragedy of MH17. I hope Malaysians can continue to be strong and stay united to face challenges ahead. So before it is too late, remember to learn more about Malaysia, especially if you are Malaysian. Now is the best time to be patriotic and embrace the love for our country. Happy 57th Birthday Malaysia!


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