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Wednesday, August 30, 2006

An Inspiring Speech for Malaysia’s Birthday


Most speeches we hear from our political leaders are boring and rarely stir our emotions to do anything good.

They sound just like a broken record always demanding their rights for “race, religion and country.” Always forgetting that they have been in power for 49 years and all the policies they enforced did not benefit most of the audience but just a few of their friends, relatives and connected associates.

So as we celebrate Hari Kebangsaan, let us listen carefully to this speech
given by Martin Luther King Jr. who died in the cause of equal rights for the blacks in the USA.

Try to concentrate on the words and emotions and you will understand how this man inspired millions to achieve the goal of real freedom. (Suggest you listen to the mp3 and read the speech here as the video is not smooth)

Malaysians too yearn for more freedom and better racial harmony. Too often we have allowed irresponsible politicians to play the race card that has enabled them to gain political mileage.

Last year I modified the ending of this speech to suit Malaysia’s needs.
My hope for Malaysia is that the so-called “silent majority” will rouse from their slumber and play a bigger role to determine where our nation is headed. You do not have to sacrifice your life like King but take a more active interest in what policies are being proposed and implemented and at least take them up with your MP or NGO.

We simply cannot allow only politicians to play politics. Malaysia needs your care and attention or surely we will be going over the falls as a nation.

photo: American Falls, Niagara


4 comments:

Billy said...

Just to let you know that I have a CD copy of the MLK's "I have a dream" speech.

The Malaysian. said...

Nowadays you probably have to translate that speech into several vernacular languages if the entire nation is to understand its import.

Anak Merdeka said...

Citizen Nades for all the publicity he gets, cannot inspire an ounce of decency from the very people who can do this country much good.

Sometimes I wonder HJ, are we all so optimistically mad to expect anything will ever change in NEGARAKU?

Meng said...

I think the nation is more politically invloved then it was rpior to the 98 crisis. I am fatally optimistic that there will come a time when we can kiss goodbye to racial politics, used so dangerously by the current incumbent powers.
One should seriously look at the Parti Keadilan Rakyat agenda and see if this is potentially the vehicle to achieving this goal. Personalities and egos aside, lets be objective and give them prominence in the next GE if they are true and sincere to this goal!