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...