The true Merdeka spirit

Superficial spirit: Embodying the real meaning of Merdeka is not only about flying, or donning, the Jalur Gemilang.

WHAT does merdeka mean?

Since we achieved independence from British rule on August 31, 1957, we have been celebrating that day as “Merdeka Day”. That was 61 years ago, and we probably should ask ourselves a few questions instead of superficially having a show of ostensible patriotism by flying the Jalur Gemilang for just a few days. False sense of pride does not help us to evolve into a better nation than the time we were colonised by a foreign power.

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