Aug 7, 2009

America, Oh America


The jubilant return of the two American journalists, Euna Lee and Laura Ling who were arrested five months ago and sentenced to 12 years of hard labor in North Korea has touched the hearts of many.

The release, which has been made possible through the diplomatic efforts of former president Bill Clinton, is not only significant in terms of forging greater relationship among the two countries but also as a unifying factor of the American people. Just like the government has vowed to bring each and every American soldier back from war whether dead or alive, every ordinary American citizen, whether black or white, will be given equal attention and assistance.

In the words of Al Gore, former vice-president: "It speaks well of our country that when two American citizens are in harm’s way, that so many people will just put things aside and just go to work to make sure that this has had a happy ending".

Wouldn’t these words make every American proud?

Ok, I know what someone will say: If you think the other side is better, then migrate over there. Well, let me give you some of my national pride. I am a true blooded Malaysian as I am born here and will most probably die here. This is a land of plenty for all to make a living. And with the peace and harmony currently still intact, it makes me proud to be a Malaysian. In fact, our cultural diversities should make all of us proud.

However, the current trend of excessive racial politicking is truly a test to one’s patience which I am afraid can be explosive. When racial hatreds are allowed to be stirred in a local media by the racists with impunity, then it simply makes a mockery of the One Malaysia concept advocated by the PM which calls for fairness, respect and equality for all. The racists are getting bolder now and with the backing of those in power, they do not fear and give a damn about the feelings of the other races. They simply act supreme above all else.

If you are in my shoes now, will you still be a proud Malaysian?

1 comment:

lkh said...

BN government should be blamed for its closing one eye attitude toward those medias carrying published reports of racism statements. It may be as well a policy of BN, since those medias are supported or funded by it. It also seems that Bn wants to grip hold of power forever. No any party is possible to be allowed to put a hand on the power of ruling in this country. It is made that Malaysian government is forever belong to BN. PR would face uphill task to take over the federal government in next GE. Fiercer malicious attacking politically will be kept coming non-stopping until next GE. BN's eyes are red now because of fear it may be discarded by people, if people have an eye of love on opposition that might take away its power.