IT IS HOME

New Straits Times - - Opinion - With more than 15 years in jour­nal­ism and a masters in Coun­selling Psy­chol­ogy, the writer is al­ways drawn to the mystery of the hu­man mind and be­hav­iours

Later, the fam­ily went to the cinema and the boy vol­un­teered to buy the movie tick­ets. He told the one who manned the ticket counter that the tick­ets were for four adults and one child. He was one of the four adults.

His younger sis­ter scolded him for do­ing so be­cause an adult ticket would be pricier. The boy replied he was al­ready an adult and he had his MyKad to prove it.

The MyKad is a hot item, not only for a child, but for for­eign­ers who are will­ing to fork out hun­dreds or even thou­sands of ring­git to get their hands on it.

They want it ei­ther through le­gal or il­le­gal means, be­cause they yearn for the ben­e­fits that Malaysians en­joy as cit­i­zens.

Un­for­tu­nately, some Malaysians have taken their cit­i­zen­ship for granted. Per­haps, they have yet to un­der­stand how lucky they are to be Malaysians.

As some coun­tries are strug­gling to pro­vide jobs for their youth, Malaysia has thou­sands to of­fer, and on May 20 there will be mega job fairs with 20,000 jobs from 300 em­ploy­ers up for grabs.

As some gov­ern­ments are strug­gling to feed their peo­ple, Malaysia has more than enough food that food wastage is be­com­ing an is­sue nowa­day. Malaysians waste 15,000 tonnes of food daily, in­clud­ing 3,000 tonnes of food that is still ed­i­ble.

As some chil­dren in other coun­tries dodge bul­lets while on their way to school, our chil­dren can do so with­out wor­ry­ing about their safety.

As some na­tions barely get vis­its from state lead­ers, Malaysia has been rolling out the red car­pet to wel­come a steady flow of for­eign lead­ers, with the lat­est be­ing Bahrain’s King Ha­mad Isa Al Khal­ifa.

As some economies strug­gle to stay afloat, Malaysia’s strong fun­da­men­tals al­low us to weather un­cer­tain­ties and chal­lenges plagu­ing the world econ­omy.

Malaysians are lucky and many of us have re­alised this. The “Ne­garaku” ini­tia­tive is a per­fect plat­form for us to ex­press our love for this coun­try.

On Wed­nes­day, our na­tional car­rier, Malaysia Air­lines (MAS), pledged to take part and sup­port the “Ne­garaku” ini­tia­tive here in Putrajaya be­fore Prime Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Na­jib Razak.

MAS chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Peter Bellew was spot on when he de­scribed “Ne­garaku” is about peace, progress, hard work and the beauty of Malaysia’s di­ver­sity in terms of her peo­ple, cultures and faiths.

But, I am baf­fled and sad to see how some Malaysians go all out to undo and run down what we have. Some have even said Malaysia is a failed state. What do they mean by a “failed state”?

How can Malaysia be a failed state when there is enough food for all; there is roof over our heads; there is a sense of se­cu­rity with­out the fear of be­ing hit by stray bul­lets; and laugh­ter fills our lives.

Do they brand Malaysia a failed state just be­cause things are not to their lik­ing, or are they up­set when they do not get what they want? Of course, Malaysia is not per­fect. Noth­ing is, ex­cept God.

But, I have this coun­try, with all its flaws and beauty, to call home, and it is “ne­gara ku” (my coun­try).

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