One country’s Merdeka is another’s damage control


It takes two hands to clap; there is no shore unless there is sea; one man’s ceiling is another man’s floor – as the poet rightly claims.

You get the point. There is always a bigger picture, and that bigger picture always changes the picture, as it were. More key players are always involved, more historical trends are always being played out, and more overlapping and contesting agendas are at play than meets the eye.

It is like piecing together a puzzle; to gain a fuller insight into Malaysia’s attainment of independence, we need to view the adjacent pieces as well. And the piece that cannot be ignored is the one involving the retreating colonial masters, the British.

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