At 55, Malaysians Should Take Charge of Their Own Fate


Birthdays are not necessarily a time for celebration. More often than not, they are better used as a time for contemplation. Malaysia has reached the Double 5 – the time for self reflection is at hand.

At the end of this month, we’ll be celebrating the 55th anniversary of our independence. For the occasion, I’m prompted to think about where we are today, and the images I see are the barricades that have been put up for so long in the name of race, religion, security, etc., but that have prevented us from coming together as Malaysians.

Our political leaders still use race to gain support for themselves and their parties. When they should be working at evolving a Malaysian people, they have instead been dividing the races.

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