Today is the International Day of Non-Violence, so I thought it would be appropriate to recall a couple of the greatest speeches by Martin Luther King. It comes on the day after the US government has gone broke, aggravated by its US$1 trillion annual spending on the military and security. That has forced Obama to cancel his trip to Malaysia.
Meanwhile, our own government is trying to push through draconian amendments to the Prevention of Crime Act while the Auditor General’s report reveals a litany of corrupt practices and shoddy work. And that’s not even considering the billions of ringgit lost through the illicit outflow of funds and cronyism. All the while millions of Malaysians struggle to make ends meet as their household debt piles up.
King’s “I have a dream” speech on 28 August 1963 in Washington DC, half a century ago:
How King’s favorite gospel singer Mahalia Jackson prompted him to go off script and create the “I Have a Dream” speech:
And this is King’s last almost prophetic speech delivered on 3 April 1968, in Memphis, Tennessee, on the eve of his assassination:
Robert Kennedy announcing the death of King. Kennedy would himself be assassinated two months later.
Do we have our own dream for Malaysia as a progressive, democratic and united nation built on the principle of justice and fairness for all? .