It's a very tall order. Anwar wants to call his own holidays now. However the obstacle is still there. BN will at all cost hold on to its ground and not loose anything more. It seems even holidays can be politicized. What has this country come to?
Malaysia as we know it today was formed on the said date. But the struggle to change from Malaya to Malaysia was not as tough as fighting for Merdeka. Yes indeed it is acknowledgment to Sabah and Sarawak for joining the Malay States but is it worth the call to have a national Holiday?
This is totally ridiculous. What has gone through the heads of politicians lately? Savage thirst of power and more power. First celebrating Merdeka as it is now is totally fine. Besides it is not like Sabah and Sarawak are left out of it. Calling us Malaysians need not be celebrated but instead should be inculcated in our daily lives.
The call for being Malaysians is far more important than celebrating the formation of Malaysia. It is just a piece of paper...nothing more. But what makes it happen is us. For as long as we call ourselves Malaysians and not label races like the Americans do (White Americans, Asian American, African American) the belief and ideology will stand the test of time.
I urge fellow Malaysians not to be easily emotional over such a call for celebration. Be it Merdeka or the formation of Malaysia, it is what we learn from it that counts and not mere flashing lights and chants. All of that is just things that can be taken away by those who are in power. But the Malaysian in us can never disappear for as long as each of us believe in it.