Other than the euphoric shouts of MERDEKA! MERDEKA! MERDEKA! in Permatang Pauh on Anwar IBrahim’s victory night, I dont see much of the Merdeka mood in Penang.
Maybe I am wrong.
I had a glimpse of a second Merdeka, though, when I saw all races coming together on a muddy field, having just felt the power of Independence, when exercising their rights to vote for the leader they wanted on August 26.
Anwar did not win on that day. BN’s Arif Shah or Akim’s Hanafi Hamat did not lose. What was lost was the tolerance for racism, corruption and bad governance.
But I know, we still have a long way to go to realising that we are and could indeed be bosses of our own destiny.
On the Island, I see a lonesome flag standing on an upright or slanted pole once in a while, or a few hanging flags, usually on school walls, government buildings, such as hospitals.
Perhaps it is too early? But heck, it’s only one day to that supposedly ‘patriotic’ day. It used to be different. Perhaps, those days when the jalur gemilang was distributed free?
I do see some flags on cars, but not too many. Which makes me feel, that maybe many are feeling like me?
I am not flying the flag until we are free from UMNO, until we say no to racist policies, until our papers are free, until our judiciary, ACA, Election Commission, Army, Police…etc show some semblance of independence, hell, until our blogs are free from state manipulation.
Until then, my flag stays at home.
I know (some) of you need to feel “patriotic” on this day, but patriotism, the way we (and the whole world practise it) breeds contempt, hatred and closes doors to humanity. Just think migrant workers, refugees, etc.
So, I am not even blogging on 31 August. But I am going to miss all of you. It is a SUnday after all, and I hope you will rest well.
I am giving myself a break to contemplate if we are still going to be colonised by UMNO for another 50 years.
See you on September 1.
And if you have the mood, do tell me, what did you do on Merdeka day?