The Spirit of Merdeka

Albeit I don't feel the need to celebrate Merdeka with every Malaysians in the country, I am very proud to be a Malaysian. Even if I am half-breed, I am still proud of being a citizen of this country.

Don't get me wrong... My refusal to be in the country during Merdeka doesn't mean I am unpatriotic. On the contrary, I am as proud as those who go to places like KLCC, Dataran Merdeka and what not, but I just don't have the same level of excitement exhibited by those who go. This doesn't mean that I am less Malaysian though, no?

I have a few issues with how we are as a nation; and as we celebrate our 50th year of independence, I still feel that we haven't fully emancipated ourselves from colonial past. But that's not saying that I am not proud to be a citizen of a country about to celebrate 50 years of independence.

Anyways, I went to Bangsar Shopping Center to meet up with a friend, whom by the way stood me up! Bitch! And as I was leaving, an mini-exhibition caught me eye; it was a gallery of blown up NST and Malay Mail front pages during Merdeka. It was kinda stimulating to look through the pages of history, so to speak.

There were numerous front pages highlighting the Tunku's fight for independence and it made me feel as if I were living during those times and reading the headlines on a daily basis. The struggle for our independence is well documented but this is the first time I saw something that somehow made me relate.

This is how they were stacked; it was really nice and simple

Malay Mail's front page on Merdeka Day!

Proclamation of Independence in Jawi

Proclamation of Independence (English version)

Tun Razak and Tun V. Sambanthan

Pre-independence reports (January 1956); They more like a gossip column hehehe

Front page announcing the 1st Yang-Di Pertuan Agong

Tuanku Abdul Rahman, the country's 1st Agong. (I hate name dropping but this dude is the great grand father of my brother's girl; he's also the one in the Malaysian currency)

In the short time I spent browsing through these front pages and pictures, I can't help but feel proud that despite what we went through, we still managed to realize the dream of being and independent nation.

Not bad, not bad at all...


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