No celebration, no countdown and no fireworks. It killed the spirit of Merdeka at Dataran Merdeka. About 30,000 people, including foreigners who jammed the Dataran and the Sultan Abdul Samad building, left in frustration.
Why? Is Ramadan a deterring factor? Does the government want to save money on fireworks? Or those on top have lost the sense of patriotism!
Hey! Come on la Najib! This is Malaysia! Do you know that thousands of Malaysians from all walks of life flocked the Dataran - in a true 1Malaysian spirit - to share one important bond which can bring them closer? The Merdeka celebration lar!
Malays, Chinese, Indians, Sikhs and others were seen grouping together, forgetting race, religion and colors in an event that should augur well in bringing success to your 1Malaysia concept. They are our people, our Malaysians. Do you think its easy to make them as one without an important event like this?
And we are sidelining the historic Sultan Abdul Samad building. Just because we already have Putrajaya and other venues for our National Day official parade, why cant we maintain the annual Merdeka eve celebration there? At least, Rais Yatim's ministry can arrange a countdown to Merdeka celebration and some fireworks there!
Some tourists whom I met there an hour ago was also frustrated. No firework and no countdown like we used to have. Can I suggest that we demolish Sultan Abdul Samad building as it plays no more role for Merdeka celebration?
What is Rais doing? Trying to save money? You expect everybody to go to Bukit Jalil for the official celebration? Please la bro! You are the Minister of Information, Culture and Heritage. What do Sultan Abdul Samad building and Dataran Merdeka mean to Malaysia and Malaysians?
Dont talk about unity if you people up there fail to recognise the importance of such events. When will you ever get the similar chance to see them gathering as one again? Hari Raya? Chinese New Year? Or your birthday?
And did you yourself see how many cars hoisted the Jalur Gemilang this year? So pathetic! Why? Better ask and answer it yourself!