And finally Barrack Obama were installed as the first non white President of the United States of America to the joy and expectation of many around the world creating a new history for the nation. As righfully put by our Foriegn Minister,Datuk Seri Rais Yatim,As America’s first black president his victory has shown that Americans can accept a leader regardless of colour, religion or beliefs.”
In the meanwhile here in Malaysia, a mere appointment of Low Siew Moi as just the acting General Manager of PKNS drew some series of protest and condemnation from UMNO. In the same time we read the barrage of condemnation from UMNO over their own leader for criticising the race base policy of the current administration.
Sad is the fate of this nation that celebrates the victory of Obama in the absence of similar aspiration and hope.As we continue to read excuses from our leaders of not to ape the west while we slowly slip into the political framework of some notorious regimes in Africa.
The significance of the Barrack Obama election is close to being revolutionary.The people of America have demonstrated to the world on what really matters for a person to lead a nation. Vision,leadership and a persons ability to lead and serve their nation OBJECTIVELY.The entire notion of race,religion and colour stands irrelevant in the light of real politics.Why if one may ask.My answer is simple..the people of America came together as a nation base on a new ideal of patriotism and national identity.The new imagination of a nation that stands for principles and ideals.
Can Malaysia one day embrace merit,credibility and ability beyond race and religion in its administration one day.For that we need to re-visit our concept of patriotism and national identity that brings us all as a citizen of a nation.
For the past 51 years, the state has hijacked the concept of patriotism for its own agenda. We have heard ideas from our leaders that patriotism ranges from displaying the biggest national flag at your residence to the blind acceptance of governmental decisions.
The concept of patriotism is based on a state that suggests a state of oneness, of equality. Traditionally, nations were built on the basis that they are composed of peoples that share a common origin, culture, tradition and sometimes language, which could form the basis of national identity. In today’s context, however, national identity and patriotism cannot be built on the crude pillars of language, religion and culture alone.
Patriotism and national identity is not just pledging allegiance to our nation, or voting, or displaying the flag or being a member of the armed forces. It is an act of devotion to what the country stands for.Fundamental freedom and social justice.
Let’s share the sense that the rights and privileges of our citizenship have been imperiled by exploitation, racism and sexism.Lets stop imagining for an Islamic nation or Hindu nation or a Malay or kadazan nation but start imagining a free,just and a democratic nation.The idea of a nation is not merely symbolism but a representation of our dreams and visions fora better Malaysia for all.Its time to put aside the suspicion and fear instilled by our leaders on each other on grounds of race and religion and embrace our common goal for justice,freedom and democracy.
Lets declare a war on racism and discrimination no matter who it effects.As Bob Marley once sang..
Until the philosophy which hold one race superior,And another,Inferior Is finally And permanently.Discredited And abandoned
Everywhere is war Me say war.
That until there no longer First class and second class citizens of any nation
Until the colour of a man’s skin Is of no more significance than the colour of his eyes -Me say war.
That until the basic human rights are equally guaranteed to all,Without regard to race -Dis a war.