Monday, August 31, 2009

MERDEKA!!!

In less than 20 minutes away, the day our Father of Independence, Tunku Abdul Rahman, shouted 'Merdeka!' in his prideful voice for seven glorious times is about to end. Indeed, time does pass by rather fast without much noticing of it slipping away. Already we had enjoyed 52 years of peace and prosperity our ancestors had slaved and fought for and as the new generation of Malaysians, we should preserve our independence and prevail all obstacles to ensure the future generations, our sons and daughters, our grandsons and granddaughters and so on can enjoy the privileges we had.

Malaysia's Flag by .ET..
Photo taken from Eric Teoh's flickr album...

Our country had went through quite a little change of prime ministers, I believe, compared to other countries of our ages. From the Founding Father, Tunku Abdul Rahman, to the latest Prime Minister, Dato' Seri Najib Tun Razak, each had brought in their contributions to the country. Our second Prime Minister, Tun Abdul Razak, executed his many plans to develop Malaysia into a better country, hence, the title Father of Development. He was succeeded by Tun Hussein Onn, his brother in law. Tun Hussein Onn was granted the soubriquet Father of Unity for his sincere fights against racial barriers. He was renowned for stressing unity in his policies aimed at rectifying the economic imbalances between the communities. Our fourth Prime Minister, Tun Mahathir Mohamad, was our longest-serving Prime Minister, leading Malaysia to great distances for 22 years. Tun Abdullah Badawi took over the office from Tun Mahathir Mohamad for 5 years before the power had shifted to Dato' Seri Najib Tun Razak, son of our second Prime Minister.

Of the six Prime Ministers, the one that I most admired is Tun Mahathir Mohamad, the fourth Prime Minister. Maybe because he was the main political figure when I was in my early teen, I was often drawn to his charisma and daring-ness to speak his mind even though it would not be what people wants to hear. He was revered by a lot of people for his all the visions he had for the country, executed the plans for KLIA, Sepang F1, and others. When he announced his plan to retire in the UMNO assembly, tears were seen from his supporters. He is truly a well-respected leader who brought Malaysia to a whole new level.

How is Malaysia going to fare in years to come is yet to know as it depends heavily on our current Prime Minister and we are still getting to know him better, or so to speak but I hope that he, like his father and all the previous leaders, will steer our beloved country to a brighter future. Happy (Belated*) Independence Day!

*it's already way passed 12am by the time I finished and posted it. XD

19 comments:

Meng said...

it's Tun DR Mahthir...and hope the 1Malaysia concept will not be just talk

成亿 said...

oops...my mistake...

if they plan and execute it well, 1Malaysia could be the answer to our racial barriers...

manglish said...

me too, i like Tun Dr Mahathir too, despites all the you-know-what, he actually put malaysia on the world map...:)

成亿 said...

actually, i'm pretty oblivious about his scandals until i wiki-ed him last night...but still, he's the one, like you said, put the spotlight on malaysia...

Kris said...

wow! thanks for the short and sweet history lessons on Malaysia!! I'm really glad i'm learning so much about another country by reading your blog here, shows me how big the world is , and of course, happy Merdeka day to you 成亿! hopefully i'll be able to visit your awesome country one day =)

Ericsoft said...

some may say bad about TUN but if no Tun Dr. Mahathir's leadership,how Malaysia can become so glorious for now le...Tun really a great prime minister is undeniable fact for us.

成亿 said...

kris: haha, you're welcome...what i wrote here are really a rough gist on the Prime Ministers in Malaysia...for more info, go Google, i guess, and i warmly welcome you to Malaysia when you got the chance of landing your feet here...

ericsoft: yea, his visions for our country, when first proposed, were strongly criticized but now, we all thanked him for realising his plans even with all the negativities...

kpy said...

Yes ah? Tun Dr Mahathir got scandals? Never heard of them before... *blur* He's the one who made the change of the teaching of Science and Maths in English so that we could forward. Aih, but now...it's like, 3 steps backwards...

kpy said...

*move forward* Typo... >.<

成亿 said...

u go wiki and see...but i think d person writin at wiki don reali like Tun for i feel it's rather against him...

Ultraman Jino said...

haha have you forgotten how those of our money was 'legally' misused by the politicians called the BN? have you forgotten how the same politicians called us pendatang asing and shooed us back to china? can you recall how ignorant BN was when the excellent students begged for a space in medical field? how equal are 'malaysians'? malaysia is indeed wonderful, if we think that government is still holding the same value 52 years ago... well, malaysia has much more room to improve, but let's first get rid of these politicians >.<


[Jino] - A man's not a man unless he knows how to shoot

成亿 said...

well, who said that there's no flaw in malaysia? our politicians are a mess, our education system is not top notch, corruptions run freely, etc...but we should also count our blessings...

Ultraman Jino said...

count the blessing? a good blessing is stop politicking in every single thing... haha love mahathir la. he's the central of corruption and scandals


[Jino] - A man's not a man unless he knows how to shoot

成亿 said...

but Tun really brought malaysia forward...he's the man...

Ultraman Jino said...

yes he's the man, the dictator. but yea, he's so strong and energetic. so old already still can walk around give speech and attend gatherings. *salute* and he's handsome at his age XD


[Jino] - A man's not a man unless he knows how to shoot

成亿 said...

yes, let us pray for his good health...

kpy said...

OoOo...anyways, anyone can edit info on Wiki...I've edited some pages as well myself hehe =P

Yes yes...he really has brought our little country forward...btw have you seen pics of the previous PM sleeping during meetings?? Tsk tsk...

Kenji said...

Wahhh.... this post... So the semangat! Dam political la! I also don't care about our prime minister, but yes Mahathir was an impact! xD

成亿 said...

kpy: yea, sometimes wiki can be untrustworthy...which pics u mean?

kenji: i dont give a damn care about politic either, just that Tun Mahathir contributed a lot to this nation...so must salute him...