August 31, 1957, the day Malaysia achieved independence. That was 51 years ago. There were hopes and dreams.
Today, we see fireworks at nearly every kind of celebration. Even the politics in this country tend to have a fireworks quality to it. A big bang signalling something about to come. Then a flare of light. But just as quickly as the colours and light amaze you, it all disappears in a haze of choking smoke. Yeah, I'm not jumping to celebrate our politics.
I am celebrating the one day when everyone puts aside their differences to believe in a united Malaysia. I am celebrating the hope that this country with so much potential will one day be admired and respected the world over.
Selamat Hari Merdeka Malaysia!