A Nation Turns 50

Once a sleepy backwater town, it has now turned into a modern city with high-rise buildings nearly touching the sky. Kuala Lumpur, KL in short, the nation’s capital hosts the 50th Merdeka (FREEDOM) celebration. A proud milestone to have reached for this former mining town. The Merdeka Square, situated in the heart of the city is where the red, white and blue the colors of the Union Jack was lowered and replaced by the Malayan flag.

Merdeka Square (Source: Wikipedia)

At 50, she is still a child learning but not leaning on other nations to provide funds. A nation that is able to stand on its feet and aid others in need during unforeseen circumstances, be it in the form of financial aid or sending humanitarian aid to the people affected by tsunami which hit the Aceh province, for example.

At 50, I personally hope to see this nation progress and the people which consist of different races, religion, culture and tradition to live peacefully with one another. Confrontations may occur once in a while, but there should be a successful resolution to the problem(s).

“Relationships–of all kinds–are like sand held in your hand. Held loosely, with an open hand, the sand remains where it is. The minute you close your hand and squeeze tightly to hold on, the sand trickles through your fingers. You may hold onto some of it, but most will be spilled. A relationship is like that. Held loosely, with respect and freedom for the other person, it is likely to remain intact. But hold too tightly, too possessively, and the relationship slips away and is lost.”

 Kaleel Jamison

With that, I wish you a Happy 50th Birthday.

Read: Celebrating 50 years of Independence.

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2 Replies to “A Nation Turns 50”

  1. Princess,
    It would mean nothing if we do not learn a lesson from our history. No matter how small or extravagant it (the celebration) is, it is just a symbol, it would not last. What’s important is our actions, how we treat those around us and ourselves.

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