Tomorrow's our independance day - we call it Hari Merdeka. Just like last year the bloggers from this side of the world have decided to host a themed Merdeka. If last year was about Merdeka itself this year its Project Happy Malaysia. Basically we'll be writing about what's wonderful about being Malaysian.
Well last year I managed to write 6 posts on Merdeka which you can find here, here, here, here , here and here. This year writing even one seems hard, its not that its impossible its just I rarely write a post based on a persons race.
I grew up in a mixed society my neighbours were mostly chinese. My schoolmates were from all the three races, hence it never mattered which language we spoke nor which god we prayed we were all friends. That's what to me best reflects being Malaysian, the somewhat racial harmony we practice.
If you met a Malaysian in any corner of the well, ask him what he misses most, he'll definetly tell you its food. Not his mom's food not his races food but believe me he'll be telling you he's dreaming of pipping hot Nasi Lemak, Banana Leaf rice or a steaming plate of Char Kuew Teow.
When the Old Klang road fights were going on, there was somewhat of a hushed environment. people were telling each other, stick to your own race, don't visit another races restaurant. To me that was utter rubbish and since I was craving for Malay food, I ventured out to my local Malay restaurant to get my food. I had been visiting him for ages, and I knew no tension happening miles away was gonna change that.
I was right, as always he beamed on seeing me and happily dished out and extra spicy serving of Nasi Paprik. So you see we might have our differences, but deep down the simplest stories would tell you the beauty of who we are.
No one tells us to learn about anothers culture, no one tells us to eat another races food, no one tells us to speak a bit of every language, no one teaches us to be excited about seeing another race friend attend a wedding or a function and giving them extra attention but we do coz it comes naturally. That's what makes Malaysia special. That's what Merdeka is about.
Selamat Hari Merdeka
Ps : Tommorrow I've got a story of a crab ;)
Ps : that's all you get for now since I have been too busy this past few days. I'll probably finish this post tommorow - for the time being read the old posts first ;)