NOT EQUAL TO
There are some suggestions going around blogs that we hang our flags upset down this year for the Merdeka celebration.
I do not agree.
We, as Malaysians, must differentiate between the government and the sovereignty of the country. Just like in a party, we must differentiate between the ideology and the leadership. The government can be worng, corrupt but that does not mean that the country is at fault… The country is bigger and higher than the government which is but just one of the numerous institution of the country. The country is the rakyat, the people; but the government is just merely a representation of the people chosen for the sole purpose of ruling on behalf of the people.
A party ideology can be hijacked by its leadership for its own interest, and it is up to its members to right the wrong and take the party back to its original path..
Similarly, a country can be hijacked by its ruling elites to cater for the self interest of the leadership. But a country’s sovereignty goes higher than just the government and government leaders. The flag, a symbol of this sovereignty, represents not just the government, but the people themselves.
If the government and govenrment policy are not good, it is up to us, the rakyat, to change them through democratic means.. But to blame it on the flag is like cutting your nose to spite your own face…
I love my country. I love The Flag. I don’t love the government. I would not celebrate the Merdeka occasion, since there is nothing to celebrte, but I will continue to love this country and the flag.