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Saving Yesterday For Tomorrow
  1. Ngai C. O. says:


    In 1957, I was 7 years old and too young to grasp Merdeka’s significance.

    Every Merdeka Day when I was in Primary School, I attended the celebrations as required by the school at the Ipoh Padang.

    Fast forward a few years, I became more aware of politics. Ipoh was particularly lively because the Seenivasagam brothers fought for justice and people’s rights, which today we are still striving for after 58 years of independence.

    In the early years of independence, the population was still fairly homogeneous despite the disparities in income and other aspects across the racial strata. One could not really see the differences on the ground. It happened amongst politicians though, without a doubt.

    The politicians deliberately engineered the racial polarization of the country to win votes and for their selfish interests. These fault lines are near impossible to close.

    Yet today, the leaders are more detached, behave like thugs and use every means to cheat the people.

    To me 58th Independence is no cause for celebration but Disillusionment and Disappointment.

    I have no doubt some quarters will clobber me for the stance I have taken.

    But I have no choice except to express how I feel as a Malaysian, when hopes and aspirations turn to anger and frustrations.

  2. felicia says:

    Hello Ngai,
    I too have heard about the Seenivasagam brothers and other politicians of that era who dedicated their lives to serving the people. Yes, sadly such men and women are hard to come by in this day and age. But there are a handful of the younger generation politicians who are devoted to the cause.

    Thank you for sharing your thoughts with us!

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