A different Merdeka this year
COMMENT Malaysians celebrated 55 years of independence on Aug 31. Most did so the usual Malaysian way - with family and friends, along with good food and great friendship.
Despite high levels of political anxiety, angst and uncertainty, there is much to celebrate. Malaysia is a great country, with a proud history and warm wonderful people.
I celebrated the event in Ipoh, where Perakians showed me the fine hospitality of good cheer and company. It is clearly evident that Malaysia's finest assets are its people.
This year's Merdeka was markedly different, however. The event became highly politicised, as both sides of the political divide used the occasion to woo supporters. The use of government resources for logos, songs and political slogans and politicking during the official celebration with Umno-like political speeches does not reflect well on the governing coalition...