Thursday, August 30, 2007

Happy 50th Anniversary MALAYSIA

The Federation of Malaysia is celebrating her 50th anniversary as an independent state on August 31st. HAPPY 50TH ANNIVERSARY - MERDEKA!

After 50 years as a sovereign state, Malaysians are proud of their nation's achievements in the various fields. A Malaysian astronaut or cosmonaut will be in space in October and is scheduled to conduct "some" scientific studies at the International Space Station.

But, some things are still troubling the vast majority of Malaysians - they are racial politics, integrity over corruption, inequality, justice and fair play.

Former deputy prime minister Tun Musa Hitam highlighted some of the problems in a speech entitled "National Integration - How Far Are We Successful?" way back in 1968, to be exact on August 6. But they are still here with us.

He said: 'Inequality' amongst the communities in this country will always exist as long as there are Malays, Chinese, Indians and the others. Unfortunately, however, the inequalities in our country are coincidentally divided on communal lines. Ideally, we should not interpret the inequalities along communal lines, of course, and should rather speak on the lines of the 'haves' and the 'have-nots'.

Musa went on to say that while the abolition of inequality "should be our target, what is more important and possible is the working towards a 'just ' society. And here we come to the crux of the problem. It is clear that from the communal point of view what each community wants is simply justice where opportunities, be they economic or government, should be based on a free competitive basis where 'the best man wins', so to speak."

Well, after 50 years of nationhood, Malaysians are still facing those problems!

Anyway, MERDEKA!

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