The government has gone on overdrive trying to promote Merdeka Day.
The overriding (and highly abused) word used is FREEDOM.
It's on nearly every radio channel. If you haven't been subject to the fake cheeriness of the DJ, who I'm certain has been ordered to inject 'patriotism' into the unsuspecting listeners, consider yourself blessed.
There was this Merdeka segment on Lite.FM revolving around freedom and independence. The message they were trying to get across to the public is that we should be thankful for our independence because we "now have freedom".
To call Malaysia a free country is to denigrate the true meaning of 'freedom'.
Because at the end of the day, patriotism is loyalty to one's country at all times, but to the government only when they deserve it.
Our government certainly doesn't. You and I know that.
So I humbly ask you fellow Malaysians to wear black on Merdeka Day even if you're only going to be at home.
We need to make our voices heard. Without shouting.
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