Stupid Merdeka argument

 |Aug 31, 2016


There are some who argue that today is Malaysia’s 53rd and not 59th anniversary.

There are also those who argue that Merdeka Day should be celebrated on Sep 16 and not Aug 31.

Then there are those who say we should have two celebrations — Merdeka Day celebration on Aug 31 and Malaysia Day celebration on Sep 16.

Why not we celebrate Merdeka on Feb 16 instead?

On Feb 16 this year we would have celebrated our 74th anniversary of Merdeka from the British on Feb 16, 1942 when the Japanese kicked them out.

We can also celebrate Federation Day on Feb1 and this year would have been the 68th anniversary of the creation of the Federation of Malaya on Feb 1, 1948.

Melaka can also celebrate Liberation Day on Aug 15 and this year would have been the 505th anniversary of Melaka being liberated from the Sultanate.

Anyway, as you can see there are endless possibilities and if the opposition is really bankrupt of issues and need to create issues out of non-issues there are many they can conjure.

Can you imagine the Americans having this same argument as Malaysians?

The United States celebrated its bicentennial or 200th anniversary of its independence on Sunday, July 4, 1976.

That was basically the 200th anniversary of the adoption of the Declaration of Independence.

Last month they celebrated their 240th anniversary.

Do you know that when the United States was created on July 4, 1776 there were only 13 states?

It was not until Jan 3, 1959 and Aug 21, 1959 that Alaska and Hawaii became the 49th and 50th state respectively, Arizona and New Mexico joined in 1912 and Oklahoma in 1907, New York joined in 1788 and was not part of the original 13 states, Texas became a member of the United States in 1845 and California in 1850.

So, if based on the arguments that Malaysians put forward, Independence Day for the United States is not the July 4 and the United States is not 240 years old this year.

Different states would celebrate their independence on different dates and no two states would celebrate it on the same day, not even the original 13 states of the United States.

But then all Americans anywhere in the world celebrate the July 4 as their Independence Day although Texans may have a second celebration on Mar 2 when the Republic of Texas became independent from Mexico in 1836.

But now the Republic of Texas is just one of the 50 states in the United States and Texas does not claim to be equal to the United States instead of just a ‘downgraded’ state in the United States after just nine years as a Republic.

Is this why Americans are more progressive than Malaysians who waste so much time arguing about whether Merdeka should be celebrated on Aug 31 or Sep 16, and whether Malaysia is 59 or 53 years old?

Then we argue about whether Malaysia is a secular state and if so then why is Islam the ‘official’ religion of the country, and why do we have two legal systems, one for Muslims and another for non-Muslims?

The point is the opposition supporters love arguing and if they have nothing to argue about they will create something.

On Aug 31, 1957, Tunku Abdul Rahman declared Merdeka and that is when it happened.

The same goes for the 13 states of America on July 4, 1776 that has now grown to 50 states and all 50 states celebrate July 4 as their Independence Day — even Hawaii, the last state that joined on Aug 21, 1959 … Read More

Source: Malaysia Today


Raja Petra Kamarudin or RPK, cousin to the Selangor Sultan, is one of Malaysia's earliest online 'citizen journalists'. He started his website in 1995 before the internet 'explosion' triggered by the Reformasi movement in September 1998. Malaysia Today was launched as a blog in August 2004 and is one of the few pioneer blogs still active and posting articles on a daily basis 24-7. RPK, 66 years old, has been writing since 1990.