Monday, September 1, 2008

A much needed Merdeka spirit 'injection'

On the eve of 51st Merdeka Day, I was involved in a patriotic spirit building event for the Young Professional Malays. The Sekretariat Melayu Muda organised a special talk titled "Malaysia Baru: Senario Politik Masa Kini" at Sime Darby Convention Centre, Bukit Kiara, Kuala Lumpur.

Right: The Chair, Wan Azrain Adnan, Tun Dr. Mahathir and yours truly

The keynote address was done by none other fourth Malaysian Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad. He spoke on how and what the Malays had to go through to come to this point and it was up to young Malay professionals like ourselves to step up and ensure the continuity of being a 'Bangsa Merdeka' is able to be sustained, indefinitely.

He threw a lot of perspective on the nation we now call Malaysia, through the historical thread. Earlier, former Cabinet Minister and Menteri Besar Kedah Tan Sri Sanusi Junid related on the story of what some great world leaders had to go through. The whole event was very inspirational indeed.

Left: Last minute briefing pre-event at the holding room

I had the opportunity to brief Tun Dr. Mahathir pre-event and we met him at this office to discuss on the content and approach of the much needed Merdeka spirit 'injection'. The spirit of patriotism and nationalism is a pertinent requirement, especially to my peers, in order the country's sovereignity is preserved, for our common future.

It was a good morning indeed. A speech I wrote on the importance to build and preserve the process of nation building and nationhood, was read by a childhood friend. The downside to it, as the time was pressing, he was bullet-train reading the speech.

Right: All dressy to feel the nationalism of the Merdeka weekend

I am also extremely delighted that some of my friends could make it this time. All look dashing and pretty in the pakaian kebangsaan, with utmost pride. To celebrate the zestful feeling, soon after we had a sumptous Chinese dim sum lunch at the adjacent restaurant.

All that could be said about the day at Sime Darby Convention Centre was nothing else but a total success.

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