Selamat Hari Merdeka, Malaysia Baru!

The Malaysian flag is flying high! For the first time in my life, it fills me with great pride to see the Malaysian flag fluttering strongly in the wind on poles and cars and at shops, offices and homes! I, like millions in this country, can identify with it as the one symbol that unites us all. I smile to myself seeing the flag knowing that fellow Malaysians feel the same, simply happy being Malaysian!

May 9, 2018 changed our destiny. In the general elections on that day Malaysians threw out a 61-year-old regime that went corrupt, setting ourselves free to reach out to a better future. We are hopeful, and we pray that our leaders won’t let us down.

It has been a good start with the new government under Pakatan Harapan (PH) but we — the people — must remain vigilant. We must keep watching to ensure that the new leaders fulfill the mandate we gave them. We need to keep speaking to our representatives about our concerns and always at the ballot box.

We trust our leaders and give them a free hand to run the country but we cannot take things for granted and turn a blind eye to misrule. When something is amiss, we need to quickly call attention to it so that wrongs can be righted.

As we enjoy this happy day, may we continue to assume responsibility for this our nation so that we do not lose the gains we received when we gave PH the mandate to rule. May those gains double and treble and much more in the years to come.

So, folks, let’s have a ball being Malaysian!

Happy Merdeka!

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