Happy Independence Day, Malaysia. A place with so much to offer. A melting pot of cultures , races and religion. A place with so much natural beauty and resources that will never be fully appreciated. Where the food is just irreplaceable.
A place I call home. I think it's when you go away from home that you realize how much that place really means to you. Being in the US has made me realize that the while the US is indeed very developed, Malaysia has so many things to be proud of too. One thing for sure is that it is a safe country . With hardly any terrorist attacks, natural disasters and political instability, one can live with the peace of mind knowing that for the most part, you'll be safe. Sure we might have disagreements once in awhile and bad weather occasionally (HOT ! ) , but compare it with the devastating 9/11 attack and the losses that Hurricane Katrina and now, hurricane Irene caused ,as well as all the earthquakes, tsunamis and cyclones that strike all over the world, we are indeed blessed.
Malaysians always talk about studying or working outside Malaysia because they think that it's not as developed as they would like it to be. They think that the education in Malaysia is bad, that the health care is not as good as it is in Australia or Singapore, that the job prospects in Malaysia are limited and you get paid much less than if you were to work overseas.
These may be true, but I always feel like if you have the potential to be someone, if you think that you have the knowledge and expertise to contribute towards a good cause, you should always at least consider the country in which you were born and raised. Don't go criticizing when you haven't done your bit to help. Change starts from you, not from waiting for someone to step up and make it.
My wish for this Merdeka day is for all Malaysians to start appreciating what we have , because truly , we have so much that other countries can only dream of having. Be proud to be a Malaysian and hold up high that imaginary Jalur Gemilang in your hearts.
I know that a lot of what I am today, my values and morals, is what Malaysia has made of me.
Hoping that one day I might serve you fully, Malaysia.
Selamat Hari Merdeka, with love.
By: Nasha Lee (UGRAD 2011-2012)