So we are on the threshold of Merdeka once again. The first Merdeka since the arrival of the new Malaysia on 9 May — or as some would say, Merdeka 2.0.
Freedom from kleptocracy; freedom from oppressive rule. Much reason to celebrate. There are only a few other precious occasions in our nation’s history when we may have had reason to celebrate with similar great joy and jubilation: the liberation from Japanese Occupation at the end of World War Two, the first Merdeka — and now our second collective liberation.
It is the beginning of a new journey, a new chapter in the life of our nation. We have taken a huge step in rising above the barriers of race and religion and in forging a new sense of pride in being Malaysian. It is a sense of genuine patriotism in the best sense of the word — care for the country and its people and our common destiny — not the patriotism that is the refuge of scoundrels and bigots. There is also palpable relief that we have been spared from impending economic ruin and bankruptcy.
The battle against corruption has begun with earnest. The arrival of that RM1bn yacht was highly symbolic. But hundreds of billions of ringgit have been ferreted abroad over the years — and that will be a lot harder to recover. Still, if we have the resolve and determination, nothing is impossible.
Full article on the Aliran website