Historical National Day
This year is special. Putrajaya welcomes her new host, the new Hope Coalition (Pakatan Harapan) government, after the National Front (Barisan Nasional) fails to maintain its dominance after more than six decades of rule in this monarchical democratic nation, namely Malaysia. The date is 9th of May 2018. Therefore, this coming 31st August will see the celebration of National Day in Putrajaya to hail this new government.
This new government, is led by the seventh Prime Minister, who happened to be the fourth Prime Minister under the National Front. In my opinion, calling this a new Malaysia is a far-fetched, as he is merely “elected” back to power under a new banner to fix his own mistakes. Is he the first sign of hope for Malaysia, or is he the start of bane yet to come? Only time will tell.
I am not going to repeat the full details that you can get by reading the news from Malaysian Digest.
I really like the theme of “Sayangi Malaysiaku“. Literally it means “loving my Malaysia”. This is a great call for action for the next 365 days (hopefully even longer) to all Malaysians, to love our own nation – not other imaginary Malaysia, but our very own Malaysia.
I do not think I can ask for a better logo, as I am well satisfied with a break from the large “Number 1” (2009 – 2011) and the 2017’s “mobile app icon“. This is the first time I have seen a “silver” figure in the logo, to differentiate itself from the white background while trying to represent white, as the colour of purity and high moral standard. I wonder how are the students in school going to paint the logo as a school project, apart from giving the figure a black outline that does not exist in the official version.
The Theme Song
The title of the theme song “Kita Punya Malaysia” (Our Very Own Malaysia) directly answers to the slogan.
Singing a song from a punk rock band is rather unconventional for me. Call me old, as I cannot appreciate the beat that knocks my head in all directions. It breaks away from the traditional march or ballad, instead a composition trying to get Malaysians to dance. Is this an effort to appeal to the youngsters or millineals?
How does the committee agree to the song with so little meaning in the lyrics? Putting it next to Setia, Warisan and Perajurit Tanah Air, this song’s lyrics look like a rushed project by a beginner. No offence to the band, and I do not think that it would be easy for Bunkface to compose this song. I wonder how would the national day theme song be in 2019. Shall we rap next year?
Unity is one of the hardest thing to achieve in Malaysia. Politicians and extremists are constantly manipulating racial and religious sentiments to “divide-and-rule” despite more than 60 year independence from the colonisation of British. My wish (or rather dream) is one day these nonsensical and irresponsible acts will end, and we can proudly call ourselves and our neighbours as Malaysians, not Chinese, Malay, Indian etc.
I am a MALAYSIAN!