Tuesday, August 30, 2005

Merdeka! Merdeka!

it's merdeka tomorrow...i see so many cars driving around with flags and i wonder, does it make me less patriotic that i don't want to spoil the paint job on my monster truck by sticking a plastic flag holder on it?

i don't think so. feel less patriotic anyway everytime i think about umno and the malay agenda. when will we be able to say that we are malaysians? when i was studying in the uk, my friends and i always told people we are malaysians, but now back in this country, every transaction i do is preceded by a form asking me whether i am malay, chinese, indian or other..whether i want to buy a car or apply for a credit card or redeem some points on my loyalty card, i have to tell them my race. i'm a malaysian init? but the forms don't have a box for malaysian...every thing is racial but we are told that to bring up the race issue is seditious. all the major political parties have a criteria that you must belong to that racial demographic first. wonder which party you join if your mother is chinese, your father is punjabi and you marry a malay...

it was different in the sixties and seventies you know...there was more racial tolerance i feel. my parents had more of a racial mix then than now.

anyway, happy merdeka! be patriotic. don't be depressed

Thursday, August 04, 2005

august

discovered to my horror that next month is september. sems rational right...this is august so naturally it will be september next month. but how? where did may, june and july go? how come its august? what's the rush? why have we jumped into august? or dear... don't think i'm ready for september. am supposed to put gitanjali in playschool in september, haven't done a thing about it...Aaaaaaargh... have to go and breathe for a bit.