Happy 60th birthday, Malaysia!

Every Independence Day, Malaysians fly our flags high with pride. Songs and commercials are constantly on TV, fuelling our excitement for the celebration. Come 31 August, many would be in front of their TV, anticipating the parade at Merdeka Square.

This is an experience shared by many Malaysians, and it is also one of my favourite memories.

Among the many Independence Day ads, one stood out to me in particular. It’s titled “Little Indian Boy,” directed by the late Yasmin Ahmad in 1996. There was no lengthy narration nor complex plot lines in this ad, just a monologue by a middle-aged Indian man. He recounts his experience as a boy, on the morning of 31 August 1957, sitting on his father’s shoulders as they gather at Merdeka Square, shouting “Merdeka” at the top of their lungs to commemorate the historic moment of Malaysia’s independence.

More than a memory about the boy’s father, the ad was really about the day this nation was born. It moved me, and made me rethink what “nation” means.

A nation is not just the government who runs it. It is also the countless families and homes who reside in the country. Without them, there is no country; but without a government, the people would descend into chaos. Both are essential to each other’s wellbeing, and one can’t do without the other.

In the past six decades, we have held fast to principles of moderation, tolerance, and acceptance. These core values have brought us through all of Malaysia’s history, making this a united country.

The SEA Games opening ceremony which also fell on the month of August fully demonstrated what “nations” are all about.

At the ceremony, we saw how our predecessors of all races built a home and nation on this land together. It is this spirit of unity that makes Malaysia what it is today. The message from the opening ceremony was “together we are stronger”, because indeed, we are weak without each other. This message and the grandeur of the opening ceremony was a great sight to behold—and I am proud to call myself a daughter of Malaysia.

I am a Malaysian. I love my country—a place that is diverse in culture, races, and religion. Yet no matter who we are, we all work to make this home a better place. So that we, our children, and our children’s children—can live on this land in peace, prosperity, and happiness.

Happy 60th birthday, Malaysia!

每年到了国庆月,家家户户开始会悬挂国旗,电视机也开始热播国庆日的相关广告以及国庆主题曲,大马人都满心期待国庆日的到来,到了国庆日当天就会守着电视观看在独立广场举办的国庆日庆典。

这些都是大马人的集体回忆,也是我最美好的回忆之一。

而在众多的国庆日广告中,让我最印象深刻也最感动的是大马著名导演雅斯敏(Yasmin Ahmad)於1996年为国油拍摄的广告《Little Indian Boy》,这支广告没有太多冗长的贅述,只有一个印度中年人的独白。在国庆这天回忆起1957年8月31日的清晨,小男孩骑在父亲的肩膀上,加入庆祝国家独立的人群,跟着敦姑阿都拉曼一起大喊“Merdeka”,见证大马独立的历史性一刻。

他在回忆里追思父亲,也追忆着家国独立的那一天,“国家”这个概念在这个广告中表露无遗!也就是雅斯敏这个广告,让深受感动得我,真正的思考“国家”二字真正的意义。

国,指的是保护人民的政府机构,家则是指家庭成员组成的单位,国是由无数个家组成,没有家就没有国,但失去政府保护的无数家庭,就会变得家破人亡,流离失所。国与家,唇齿相依,密不可分。

1957年以前,我们的国家还处於被英国殖民的局势,我们无法掌握自己命运,无法选择政府,家国对我们而言,是一个模糊的名词,更是遥远的梦。但独立之父敦姑阿都拉曼与其团队,积极为我国争取独立,六十年前,我们脱离了446年的英殖民时期,独立建国,马来西亚的国旗正式在这片国土上飘扬,在政府的庇护下,大马人安居乐业,发展经济,让大马成为一个富强的国家。

六十年来,我们秉持中庸理念, 互相谅解, 互相包容及接纳,这是让我们走过这六十年的核心价值,一心一意, 缔造一个团结的国家。

坐落在八月国庆月的东运会开幕典礼,恰恰也传递了“国家”的理念!

在开幕典礼上,我们看到了各族的先辈如何在这片土地上建立家园,如何在这片富堯的土地上构建国家,就是这一份不分你我的融合,才有了文化独特的马来西亚,“Together we are stronger”就是开幕典礼欲传达的信念,因为团结,我们更强大!国庆将近的喜悦,再加上美丽盛大的开幕典礼所传递“一个马来西亚”的理念,让这个八月变得非常激昂,而开幕典礼更是让我非常感动,身为马来西亚人,我无比荣耀,无比骄傲!

我是马来西亚人,我爱我的国家,我的国家有着多元文化丶种族与宗教,我们不分你我共同创造未来,为我们的家园努力,为国家而冲刺,让生活在这个国土的人民世世代代继续能享有灿烂的明天!

马来西亚,六十岁生日快乐!

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