I saw the tears rolling down from Abah's eyes. I was only 13 and I just had to ask Abah "why?"
"I cry because my country is free (of the British). But I also fear for the future of my country and my people."
Today, in my father's Tanah-Air, his fears have come true. Allahyarham Usman Awang's lament ..
The shameful and shabby shenanigans of Malay leadership - past and present - only serves to prove George Santayana's (1863-1952) quote :
Those who do not remember the past are condemned to relive it.
We are becoming or have become a condemned race.
When the longest serving 4th Prime Minister of Malaysia gave his blessings for the Chinese/Indian-dominated Bersih 4, and their agenda ...
...... then indeed we are condemned. I fear for the lower-income Malays living in the kampung and on the margins of cities like KL, JB , Ipoh and Pulau Pinang. All, if not a majority of them have been loyal to UMNO and all its leaders.
When Bill Clinton was asked if he smoked marijuana, he confessed he experimented with it, but he did not inhale! I suppose our 4th Prime Minister could also declare that he did not participate in Bersih 4, he only visited the site after it was over.
Tomorrow is the 58th anniversary of Malaya's independence. What independence? Whose independence?
Osman, our road sweeper friend said to me. "Alah Kak. Merdeka apa ni? Merdeka kepala otak!"
Indeed 'Man - tis only Merdeka for those who are using their kepala otak - for selling their bangsa down the river.
I'm done with spitting at the sky.