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My Wish For Malaysia

Posted by nuruliman45 on October 22, 2008

Hermm… last week, there was this essay writing contest happening on campus.  I tried my luck and sent in an entry.  The title given is as shown above: “My Wish For Malaysia”.  Now, I couldn’t get too extreme in speaking my mind.  So I got a minor part of my thoughts through.

You must think it weird of me to suddenly be giving ya’ll my wish for malaysia, huh…well, it was for the sake of the contest.  On top of that, others can know what is actually good for Malaysia (it’s not that I know much, but i believe some people overlook this problem)..

MY WISH FOR MALAYSIA

“MERDEKA! … MERDEKA! … MERDEKA! … MERDEKA! … MERDEKA! … MERDEKA! … MERDEKA!”

About half a decade ago, Malaysia’s inaugural Father of Independence declared the Malayan independence with seven shouts of “Merdeka”, together with a new hope that the Malayan rakyat will be a people of true independence – prosperous of decent Malayan moral and civilized values. Time has elapsed – about three generations down – and it makes me wonder, would the late Tunku Abdul Rahman take pride of how the latest generation of the Malaysian people – our young generation today – are at present? I am not fervent to see anymore sky scrapers or new bridges stretched from any end of the peninsular, but my only wish for Malaysia is for a country where its people practices the ‘love-of-knowledge’ culture and does away with Western-influenced hedonism.

Ask any ordinary teenager in Malaysia, and I’ll bet you that they know more about the lamest Malaysian idol contestant than they would about the latest update in our country’s petrol prices (which, as a matter of fact, affects just about every being in the nation); entertainment is too important in a Malaysian’s life. Why is this so? For the past few decades, we can observe that the flow of Western hedonistic culture of excessive entertainment has gradually seeped into our country and is most obvious of its effect upon the young generation today.

The mass media plays a large role in delivering what they believe is meaningful towards their viewers. Sifting through Malaysian television channels is enough to show that the input that the mass media provides is mostly Western-influenced entertainment. The array goes on, from Akademi Fantasia to Gangstars to One In a Million, and the list goes on. This encourages the young to be less sensitive to the importance of seeking general knowledge because entertainment like these occupies their everyday life. The only thing teenagers read nowadays is what goes in their exams – that’s it. Hedonism does not only stop there. Malaysia has also adopted even dangerous ideologies like black metal-ism, Zouk-disco-ism, ludicrous-feminism, and anti-Hadithism which are all twisted philosophies from the West.

So how should we re-engineer this mayhem? The only way is to FULLY encourage all layers of the Malaysian society to carry in their hearts the love of knowledge. Shopping malls shouldn’t be the only hang out place for teenagers; Libraries should be a pit stop during leisure time. However, ‘Love-of-reading’ campaigns would not do enough. How to re-shape the society to change their perception and how to inculcate this culture is not an easy question to answer.

For a well-civilized and well-developed country, its people should be a people who’s always thirsty for knowledge and are constantly seeking it. The ‘love-of-knowledge’ culture requires much re-engineering of our society’s attitudes and values. Only time will tell when Malaysians will be more sensitive to the importance of this beneficial culture. With the ‘love-of-knowledge’ in every Malaysian soul, true independence is bound to be achieved. Hear my word, I will await the day when Malaysia’s young generation are no longer talking about today’s fun, but are busy talking about tomorrow’s opportunity. I believe that is what the late Tunku Abdul Rahman truly dreamed for.

P/S:  What’s your wish?

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One Response to “My Wish For Malaysia”

  1. could hardly believe it…I had won 2nd place for this essay… 😉

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