Sunday, September 18, 2011

The best Negaraku... in Sembrong

My day trip to Sembrong was rewarded. Not in the form of food fiesta or the entertainment by famous artistes like Ajai, Aishah or Mawi but a song I learnt since my first day in primary school.

I have sung the national anthem Negaraku a thousand times throughout my life, joining others at various functions at home. I have also heard people singing it abroad, also on some special occasions. It has been a part of me, a part of you and a part of them (who are no longer with us).

I am always proud of it. Singing it in a big crowd normally produces a feeling only we ourselves could explain. The patriotic that chills our veins all over.

The last time I felt that was during Umno General Assembly some years ago (of course not during Pak Lah's era).

And again, I felt it in Sembrong during Home Minister Hishammuddin Tun Hussein's Aidilfitri open house on Sunday. It was more than just a patriotic feeling. I was moved at how the 10,000 crowd sang it in harmony.

People from all walks of life - Malays, Chinese, Indians, Sikhs and others - became one. No religions, no races and no colors. That's what moved me. They sang it perfectly and beautifully.

I think people like Mat Sabu, Namewee and those who belittled their own country, should go down to Sembrong and learn how to appreciate and sing Negaraku in its real spirit. Let them share the joy of being Malaysians and recognise the sacrifices of those who had paved them the way for a peaceful and prosperous nation.

And as the Home Minister, I believe Hisham has succeeded in instilling that to his constituents...

9 comments:

ramachandran, kangar said...

agree.

the national anthem is our pride. singing it with your heart out will send such a wonderful feeling down our spine.

it makes us love our country more, appreciating what's in store for us and telling us to move forward in its upbringing.

i am proud to be a malaysian!

rombos said...

jai,

sad to note that our younger generations do not pay much attention to negaraku anymore. some of them even dont know the lyrics!

buloh kasap said...

betul. mat sabu, namewee, anwar dan siapa2 yang perkecilkan negara sendiri patut belajar semula menghayati negaraku.

kalau kita sendiri tidak menghargai negara sendiri, siapa pula nak menghargainya?

kalau tak suka negara sendiri, elok berambus je dari malaysia ni!

anak malaya said...

baguslah kau dapat rasakan semangat patriotik bila dengar negaraku dinyanyikan sedemikian rupa. aku dah tengok banyak kali macam mana orang berdiri masa negaraku dinyanyikan. ada yang berdiri serong, ada yang garu ketiak, garu kepala, garu benda tu, goyang badan dan macam2 cara lagi. ni bukan hormat negaraku namanya tetapi terpaksa berdiri sebab orang lain pun berdiri. sedih dibuatnya...

chan, kluang said...

thumbs up for hisham!

i guess he has done a good job in his constituency. not easy to nurture such a spirit in this modern days.

Anonymous said...

love to hear the audio recording...if available

bintang dua said...

kau bodek hisham ke jai?

hehhehehehehe....

jgn marah haaaa....

aku sebenarnya setuju dengan isu negaraku ni. kadang2 orang asing lebih pandai nyanyi lagu kebangsaan kita daripada orang kita sendiri!

tak caya... tanya bangla stesen minyak tu!

Anonymous said...

Hesuckmydick is rebranding also..HAHAHAHAHA

Anonymous said...

Lagu Negaraku tu milik BN dan UMNO saje ke?