Random thoughts on the road less traveled to commemorating Merdeka 2012:
Fact: As idiotic it may seem, I didn’t know until today that Merdeka derives from the Sanskrit word “Maharddhika meaning “rich, prosperous and powerful”. One simple expression that conjures up a very potent image.
Reality: Yet, when I look at my country today, if I ignore the propaganda and the half-truths, I ask myself “Are we truly rich, prosperous and powerful?”. A simple 4 point checklist on some of the most pressing issues:
- the right to equal opportunity education,
- the right to own affordable homes,
- the right to earn a decent wage, taking into account the actual increasingly high cost of living;
- the right to security;
shows quite the contrary.
Lessons from the Past:
Famous Last Words: “We must be free not because we claim freedom, but because we practice it.” – (William Faulkner, author).
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