Judge for Yourself

Come August 31st, Malaysia will be celebrating 50 years of independence. 50 years of freedom and 50 years of developmental progress. But are we really kidding ourselves? Do the past 50 years signify we have “arrived”? If so, then why do I sometimes feel oppressed in an independent country?

What does Merdeka Day mean to us? Is patriotism exemplified by sticking 50 flags all over your car and flying it all around for everyone to see? Does it mean you love your country more if you paint your face with the colors of the Jalur Gemilang? Is Merdeka Day celebrated by participating in the Merdeka Day parade only? Are Malaysians looking forward to *celebrating* Merdeka Day to reflect on Malaysia’s Independence or as just another day that they do not need to go to work? Does not the beggar on the street love Malaysia more than the high and mighty CEO of an industrial firm? Who makes the call here? Why is the majority of the youth of today not bothered with registering themselves as voters? Do they care anymore that they are voting for their future?

And what about individual freedom? Is it a dream or a reality… or perhaps a dream within a reality, that really exists? Are we able to choose what to view and differentiate what is good and what is bad? Are Malaysians given the trust to do that?

I flip through the newspapers and I see a picture of Maggie Q wearing a stunning black dress. However.. the neckline her dress that reveals her cleavage has been blurred out. Are we not independent enough to make our own decisions as to what to see and what not to see? I’m worried now because I just bought myself a new dress that has an even lower neckline. Will I be apprehended if I were to wear that dress in public? Can I sue the retail outlet I bought it from?

You be the judge.

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9 Responses to Judge for Yourself

  1. ParisB says:

    Sorry m’dear – you’ll have to wear this black piece of cardboard at your cleavage so as (a) to draw attention to it and (b) to prevent prying eyes ala LB 😉 Oh a more serious note – was it 50 years forward or backward?

    The Giddy Tiger says: I s’pose that black piece of cardboard would just *blend* in with my black dress then. SIGH.

  2. Singapore just celebrated its 42nd year of Independence and I would say, we have come a long way. It’s slowly opening up.
    Malaysia will have its day…. years later?
    Oooo…. I hope to see you in that new dress. You can post it in your blog wat. I give you honest feedback. ok ok…. I can lie too. hahaha…..

    The Giddy Tiger says: Yeah, hopefully Malaysia will have its day very soon. As for the feedback on the dress, perhaps when we meet in person? 🙂

  3. rinnah says:

    Malaysia THINKS its progressed 50 years forward but in some ways and certain places, time has stopped still on progress. E.g. the censorship board. Who are THEY kidding? LOL!

    Ooo… I can’t wait to see you in that va-va-vrooom dress. Hehehe.

    The Giddy Tiger says: Well at least we can still blog 🙂

  4. Let me be the judge. Put on the dress. I’m am guaranteed independent and unbiased in these matters. 😛

    Sad that a post like this is written. But a voice has to project in order for freedom to sing. Freedom is something that can be easily stolen, if one ignores it. I see liberty stolen everyday in my country and just shake my head.

    I hope you can celebrate the progresses of Malaysia on Merdeka Day. It cannot be all bad. We can blog hor?

    The Giddy Tiger says: Hurrah for blogging! 😀

  5. jazzmint says:

    well i totally agree with what you say…and they call us develop nation…when so many things get filtered

    The Giddy Tiger says: A filtered developed nation perhaps?

  6. Chen says:

    what we have is only.. limited freedom..

    The Giddy Tiger says: How well put indeed.

  7. Leah says:

    I won’t say we have not progressed, we have come quite far, just the politicians haven’t caught up with the development, they still live in the jungle of 60s, literally.
    We gained some, we lost much in between.

    The Giddy Tiger says: Let’s try to be happy, at least for the *some* that we have gained.

  8. Adino says:

    Sigh.. feel very depressed thinking about this. I share your feelings about the coming “Independence” Day.

    The Giddy Tiger says: All is not lost. Let’s hope for the best in time to come.

  9. domestic rat says:

    Enuff of the politics talk cos’ really, it’s beyond our control so let’s move on to the more impt issue – SHOW US the dress!!! 😆

    The Giddy Tiger says: Shall I take a photo of the dress (ONLY) and show it to you?

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