— Vinod Naidu Munikrishnayya
The Malaysian Insider
Jul 09, 2012
JULY 9 — An independence day celebration is a day to appreciate the progress of our beloved nation, along with the ups and downs that we have undergone ever since 1957.
This day is to be celebrated and cherished by each and every Malaysia across the political and racial divide.
Having an independence day themed after a political party’s theme does not do justice.
I don’t think we want to see only a portion of Malaysians celebrating it. This is not the anniversary of the existence of a political party but a nation. Do not mix this with politics.
Keep those political party themes for your party events and campaign; leave independence day alone.
All previous themes from “Muhibah dan Perpaduan”, “Bersatu Maju”, “Bersatu Menuju Wawasan” until “Perpaduan Teras Kejayaan” reignite the patriotism within each one of us.
Political themes will not remind us of our independence struggle and to some might even ignite hatred.
I sincerely would request National Day themes, current and in future, to be independent and for all Malaysians and not any political party.