Last night I attended the lantern festival celebrations at Sg.Buloh, Sg.Siput. YB Leong
Mei Meng was very happy with a big turnout of over one thousand people.I made a short speech on the significance of this event.
2 years ago, when speaking at the Kuala Lumpur 1 Malaysia Lantern Festival, the Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib said that the Festival would be made an annual event and promoted as one of the country’s tourism products.
He also said that by organising this event, “we do not only accept the diversity of our multi-racial society but also celebrate the uniqueness of Malaysia.”
He further said the event was in line with the 1Malaysia concept and expressed hope it would be seen as another brick built upon national unity towards the concept.
There is no doubt that diversity is an asset . Malaysians must unite in diversity.
The question that arises is whether the BN government is really committed to diversity and the 1 Malaysia concept.
A true commitment will mean that in terms of policy, there is fair and equal treatment for all racial and religious cultures in this country.
A true commitment will also mean that the BN government is able to walk the talk on 1 Malaysia concept.
But today although 1 Malaysia has become a much publicized slogan , even to the extent that some people have even now thought September 16 to be 1 Malaysia Day instead of Malaysia Day, 1 Malaysia remains a hollow slogan in many ways.
1 Malaysia concept must be able to accord all Malaysians equality under the Malaysian sun.
But 54 years after the nation has achieved Independence, BN government still cannot and does not implement policies which are fair, just and equal to all Malaysians.
So come the next general election, Malaysians must go for change and vote Pakatan Rakyat which will bring about a better Malaysia for all Malaysians.
I understand there is a folk tale about the overthrow of Mongol facilitated by messages smuggled in moon cakes.
According to Wikipedia, mooncakes were used as a medium by the Ming revolutionaries in their espionage effort to secretly distribute letters to overthrow the Mongolian rulers of China in the Yuan Dynasty. The idea is said to have been conceived by Zhu Yuanzhang and his advisor Liu Bowen who circulated a rumor that a deadly plague was spreading, and the only way to prevent it was to eat special mooncakes. This prompted the quick distribution of mooncakes, which were used to hide a secret message coordinating the Han Chinese revolt on the 15th day of the eighth lunar month.
Today, we do not have to send messages through the moon cakes. Let’s all enjoy the moon cakes but remember to spread by word of mouth, twitter and face book, the message to vote Pakatan Rakyat in the coming general election.