Malaysia Day is about free­dom

The Borneo Post (Sabah) - - FRONT PAGE - By Neil Brian Joseph

KOTA KIN­A­BALU: De­spite the de­creas­ing level of pa­tri­o­tism among some Malaysians to­day, the an­nual Malaysia Day cel­e­bra­tion in Sabah gives a glim­mer of hope that the coun­try can still in­still the pas­sion back into the hearts of Malaysians.

Azhar Tahir, 55, came all the way from Perak just to be a part of the Malaysia Day Na­tional Cel­e­bra­tion at Likas Sta­dium yes­ter­day.

“Malaysia Day is about us stand­ing on our feet. Malaysia Day is about free­dom. It gives us the power to make our own de­ci­sions,” said Azhar.

The for­mer t-shirt print­ing en­tre­pre­neur opened a small stall at Likas Sta­dium yes­ter­day to sell his Malaysia-themed scarves. Al­though he did not have many cus­tomers, that did not stop him from do­ing his pas­sion.

He as­serted that the cur­rent gen­er­a­tion are not as pa­tri­otic as their pre­de­ces­sors.

Some of the young peo­ple to­day are even ashamed to ad­mit that they are Malaysians, he added.

Faizan Han­iff, 23, on the other hand still be­lieves that pa­tri­o­tism is some­thing that should be prac­ticed by the younger gen­er­a­tion.

“To­day (yes­ter­day) I see a lot of Malaysians at­tend­ing the Malaysia Day cel­e­bra­tion. This makes me very proud to be a Malaysian,” the Kota Kin­a­baluborn said.

Com­ment­ing on some of the young­sters to­day who had lost pa­tri­o­tism pas­sion, Faizan said that those peo­ple just need to learn to open their hearts.

He had also touched on the ‘Sabah for Saba­hans’ sen­ti­ment, whereby he said that peo­ple are al­ways free to choose what they want to be­lieve.

“Some peo­ple want Au­gust 31 to be the of­fi­cial in­de­pen­dence date while oth­ers pre­fer Septem­ber 16. As for me, it is up to our lead­ers to choose,” he said.

Faizan was one of the 30 per­form­ers who pre­sented a kom­pang wel­com­ing per­for­mance for in­vited guests yes­ter­day.

Afiqah Iz­zati, 19, who had re­cently moved to Kota Kin­a­balu to pur­sue her stud­ies said that she en­joyed the Malaysia Day cel­e­bra­tion here.

“This is a new ex­pe­ri­ence for me. I get to feel the Malaysia Day at­mos­phere here for the first time,” the Negeri Sem­bi­lan born said.

She stressed that Malaysia Day is about hon­or­ing our fore­fa­thers who had died pro­tect­ing our land, which had ul­ti­mately paved the way for our in­de­pen­dence.

Afiqah (cen­tre) with her friends at­tend­ing the Malaysia Day Na­tional Cel­e­bra­tion.

Azhar

Faizan

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