In the eve of celebration of the 56th Merdeka, the spirit of nationalism and patriotism is unusually sluggish. It is probably due to an enigma of issues, controversies and scandals, entwined in a very delicate and complex .
First, the series of inappropriate appointments into position of Ministers, Deputy Ministers, GLC Chairmanships and some of the Advisers and Special Officers for the Prime Minister and/or Prime Minister’s Office.
Then it was the abuses and irregular practices by persons who are supposed to the aides, Advisers and/or Special Officers to the Prime Minister.
Of course the controversy of the investure of Pingat Kedaulatan Negara which many started to question the relevance and appropriateness of its issuance for non combatants or non military or security forces personnel.
The most recent one is the highly probable scandal Endless Possibilities concept, slogan and planned campaign. This could be seen as a ‘Flip-Flop’. Then again, Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak has already demonstrated that he could reverse a decision made, just like the reversal of ‘Malaysia Airlines-Air Asia share swap’ which has been proven as a failure in less than nine months.
Thirteen years ago when the nation was geared in the recovery of the economic downturn of the Asian Financial Crisis 1997-8 and socio-political recession due to the sacking of the Deputy Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim on 2 September 1998, a campaign of patriotism was launched. As such, Jalur Gemilang flags of different sizes were made available everywhere.
Even average motorists were proud to fly the Jalur Gemilang on their cars, vans, trucks and some even on their motorcycles.
Everyone, everywhere was signing patriotic songs, such as ‘Jalur Gemilang’. Also was the ‘Keranamu Malaysia’ song. They sing proudly with a lot of zest, especially school children. I remembered attending my daughter’s pre-school concert in 2001 and both songs were items in the program.
Now, both songs are no longer heard anywhere, anymore.
The message in these patriotism campaign was simple and very apt. Needless to say, the unity and patriotism of the people brought the nation together. Coupled with other factors, the nation was put back together and placed on the track of progress in not too long of time, considering the challenges.
Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak should step up and personally ensure that this malaise situation is reversed.
Selamat Menyambut Hari Kemerdekaan ke-56: Malaysiaku Berdaulat, Tanah Tumpahnya Darah.